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• Who's Teaching in Minnesota? - licensure, certification, demographics
• Focus on Teaching - curriculum, standards, testing, Common Core, Focused Instruction, Aligned Learning
• GED and Adult Education - programs, students, teachers
Minneapolis Five-Year Enrollment Plan
Achievement Gap 

School Discipline

Conservatives leveraging Obama’s speech to students as a distraction

by John Fitzgerald | September 7, 2009 • We note with amusement the consternation over President Obama’s planned speech to the nation’s students about persisting and succeeding in school that will be broadcast Tuesday at 11 a.m.


Minnesota's school investment keeps falling

By fiscal year (FY) 2011, real per pupil state aid to Minnesota school districts is projected to be over 14 percent less than it was in FY 2003; this translates to a cut of over $1,400 per pupil in constant FY 2009 dollars.  Furthermore, the decline in state aid to schools over this period would have been much worse if not for a large infusion of federal recovery dollars.


Dissecting $162 million

Pamela Webb has job security.

Since the February passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package, Webb and the rest of the Sponsored Projects Administration at the University of Minnesota have seen their workload double.


Med students to stop practicing on live sheep

Using live animals to train students in emergency medical rotations, a long-standing practice at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is being phased out this semeste


Back to school: Harder when you're homeless

Valencia McMurray is a homeless teen who graduated from North High in Minneapolis in 2009. She told her story on MPR, complete with a video of one of her poems.

As another school year begins, some kids are filled with nervous anticipation or dragged by their parents kicking and screaming to the bus stop, but others are worried about where they are going to


What the fuss was all about: Text of Obama’s speech to students


Administrators in Fergus Falls and Becker school districts, bowing to pressure from a small number of parents, will tape-delay tomorrow’s address to students by the President of the United States, while Minneapolis schools OK’d the broadcast, stating that “Motivating students to achieve success in and through education is not a controversial issue.”


Minnesota's education investment is abysmal

Since 1995, Minnesota has gone from being 15th among the states in what it spends on K-12 education to 42nd, according to the U.S.

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