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Some specific focus areas for our education coverage:

• 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

"Keep their Minds Engaged in Wonder": Educators' advice about summer learning

“Keep their minds and bodies engaged in wonder during the summer months when they are not attending school.” That’s what Julie Olson, director of elementary education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools recommended last week. She was one of 41 union leaders, superintendents, principals and other education leaders who responded to my request for suggestions about what parents could do to encourage continued learning during the summer. They described a combination modeling, advocacy, exploration and encouraging participation in community, school and family activities.  This can produce a summer with great memories and student growth.

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BEHIND THE STORY | When is a public meeting not public?

On June 12, I attended a listening session of the St. Paul Public Schools. There was a bit of a hullabaloo when I came to the meeting.

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African American parents want school board to 'double down' their efforts

Members of the Parents of African American Students Advisory Council (PAASAC) met in Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) district headquarters last Thursday, June 12, for a listening session with thre

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"What's Goin' On?"

The headlines regarding Minneapolis Public Schools have not been good, at least from the perspective of an administration that adopted Teach For America, Focused Learning and a new IT overhaul.

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Busily seeking with continual change: Some Minnesota conservatives flee CAE preschool voucher love

Were it not for Republican primary politics, Bluestem would spend the day in the splendor of our garden, eying the monarch butterfly caterpillars devouring milkweed or sitting out on the deck swilling Prairie Gin and Tonies while savoring a little old school rhyme royal.

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NEWS DAY | Hammering away at teacher tenure: Five facts about teachers, tenure and that California court decision

Is teacher tenure across the country at risk because of the June 10 California decision? Not yet — and not really. Here are five things you need to know about teachers, tenure and Vergara v.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | What could be better than iPads for all St. Paul students?

An iPad for just about every student and every teacher? What could be better than that?

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First thoughts on California teacher ruling

On Tuesday, a judge ruled against California’s teacher tenure laws. The ruling unleashed a host of emotional responses, from jubilation to despair. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here are some starting points, with more to come (including repercussions for Minnesota) early next week.

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Empowering youth through digital involvement in North Minneapolis

Dr. Lanise Block believes that digital applications and digital instructions are powerful tools to engage students to learn. As the founder of Digital Empowerment Academy and an educator for 18 years, Block works with students, especially in North Minneapolis, to share digital tools and learning.

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It's time for real public preschool access

The Star Tribune recently reported that there is a new push among the public, school district officials, and government leaders for improving pre-Kindergarten school-readiness programs. The push is bipartisan; there is a growing consensus that pre-K programs represent one of the best means of challenging the achievement gap in K-12 education. Enrollment improves learning capacity and accelerates childhood development.

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