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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

Rock ‘n’ Read: New program improves reading through singing

(Photo by Sheila Regan)

Amina Scott looked intently at the karaoke screen on her school bus as she softly sang “Major Pain,” one of her favorite songs about a puppy. At another part of the bus, other kids sang about fish sticks and cupcakes. But this wasn’t typical karaoke; these kids are working to improve their reading skills.

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Full-service community schools: Vision is important

At Brooklyn Center High School, a couple of years ago, a small room was transformed into an optometrist’s examining room. On the first day it opened in January 2013, 18 students were seen, and 15 of them needed glasses. At last, those who needed eyewear had access to it.

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Finnfest message: Education in best investment in innovation

Last week I had the chance to attend Day One of the “Educating for the 21st Century” forum held at the Carlson School of Business as part of this year’s Finn Fest. My colleagues Ross, Savage, Jaci David, and Dane Smith and I showed up to hear presentations from Finnish educators, entrepreneurs, and national government experts in international education. It was a very full day, made more charming and compelling by all the Finnish names, accents and ideas in the conversation.

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Six reasons Minnesota students should vote this year

(Photo by Francisco Osorio published under Creative Commons License)

Younger voters are known for their low turn-out rates, but in 2012 they showed up in record numbers and helped decide the fate of the presidential election. While the president isn't up for re-election for another two years, there's still plenty of reasons for younger voters, particularly colleges students, to vote this year. Here's six reasons why young voters should practice their civic duty on Election Day.

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Minneapolis school board candidate "People's Forum": A reader's guide

There is one final pre-primary candidate forum for this year’s Minneapolis School Board candidates, but incumbent citywide candidate Rebecca Gagnon will not be there.

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Who is hosting the August 6 "People's Forum" in Minneapolis?

Who is hosting the August 6 “People’s Forum,” billed as a Minneapolis School Board candidate forum, and why is a New York City-based PR firm sending out the media advisories for it?

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BEHIND THE STORY | How do you quantify arts education?

Recently on TC Daily Planet, I wrote about the disheartening phenomenon of music being dropped from the school-day curriculum at EXPO elementary. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising that this is happening and it’s not entirely new. Arts education historically has been underfunded and valued, particularly in the 13 years since No Child Left Behind, where testing of reading and math have drawn focus away from other subjects.

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When education reform comes knocking

A young woman from the group Students for Education Reform (SFER) just knocked on my door and asked for me by name. She was out promoting Don Samuels for Minneapolis School Board, on behalf of SFER (and the 50CAN Advocacy Fund, I might add).

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ST. PAUL NOTES | CTEP: Mending chairs and relationships

(Photo by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva) CTEP member Hnou Vang teaches Me Mar, a Karenni refugee.

With six "very old" chairs, the elderly woman knew she needed some repairs. Trying out her new computer skills, she put "chair repair" into Google, and saw several repair shops within easy driving distance — and a website called "how to repair chairs." And, she proudly told her Computer Club friends, she followed the directions and fixed all the chairs herself!

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