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Reports Offer Peek At State Capitol Lobbying In 2015 Session

Minnesota lawmakers dished out billions of dollars in a new budget assembled in a just-concluded legislative session. Groups spent millions lobbying for a slice or to alter policy sometimes closely tied to the state money.


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Cyber Attack Halts State Assessment Testing Again

It was an all-too-familiar situation for the Minnesota Department of Education Wednesday. The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education says science assessment testing was suspended due to a cyber attack.


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77 Percent Passage Rate For School Levies

Education officials say Minnesota schools largely prevailed in Tuesday’s election with requests for operating levies.


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PODCAST PAGE: 10/16/14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

An MEA Thursday on The Morning News With Dave Lee. Click the link above to listen back to highlights from Dave’s PODCAST PAGE.


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Traveling By Car Is Getting Even Cheaper

Many families will be traveling this weekend with Education Minnesota Days, or what used to be called MEA weekend. School shuts down in most places on Thursday and Friday this week and a lot of families have planned vacations around it.


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Mpls. English Teacher Named MN Teacher Of The Year 2014

Thomas Rademacher, the 32-year-old English teacher from the FAIR school, was named the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on Sunday.

Rademacher teaches English at the FAIR school in downtown Minneapolis. He is the first winner from the West Metro Education Program district, a voluntary partnership of 11 school districts.


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Anti-Bullying Rallies In Duluth, St. Paul Push For New Law

Rallies to promote a stronger anti-bullying law in the state are expected to take place in St. Paul and Duluth Monday afternoon.


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Teachers Union Gives Dayton Early 2014 Endorsement

Minnesota’s teachers union is endorsing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s bid for re-election well before Republicans settle on a candidate.



Deadline Approaching To Nominate Teacher Of The Year

The deadline is approaching to nominate a favorite teacher as the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Education Minnesota says nominations will be accepted through the end of the day Friday.


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MN Teacher Conference Focuses On Mental Illness, Behavior Issues

Many students are starting a long weekend tonight. That’s because most schools are closed Thursday and Friday for an annual statewide teachers’ conference.



Minnesota Teachers Union Picks New President

The Education Minnesota teachers union has a new president. Delegates at the Education Minnesota Representative Convention elected Denise Specht as president of the 70,000-member union on Saturday.


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MN School Groups Seek Big Funding Boost

Education Minnesota, the Association of School Administrators and the Minnesota School Boards Association joined forces Monday to ask lawmakers for more than $1 billion dollars in education spending over the next two years.


Minnesota Responds To NRA Conference

Protesters twice interrupted the head of the NRA as he proposed armed security guards in every school in the United States.


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Minn. Teacher Union Head Condemns Conn. Shooting

The head of Minnesota’s largest teachers union calls the shooting attack on a Connecticut elementary school “vicious and shocking.”


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Opposition To Anoka-Hennepin Controversial Topics Policy

The teachers union in Minnesota’s largest school district urged its school board Monday night to drop a proposed policy on handling controversial topics in the classroom, saying educators should be trusted to mediate student discussions about sexual orientation and other issues.


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Bill Would Limit Use Of Public Employee Dues

A Minnesota lawmaker wants to block public employees’ union dues from going to support political activity, foundations and magazines unless employees ask to contribute to those items.


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Police: 85,000 Flock To Madison As Dem. Senators Return

Saturday brought what may be the largest protest yet in Madison, one day after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a divisive law that eliminates most union rights for public employees.


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New Alternative Teacher Licensing Law Under Scrutiny

A major political struggle over Minnesota teachers came to an end today, even though the fight may not be over.



Minn. Teachers Union Launches Media Campaign

The state teachers union, Education Minnesota, is launching a new media campaign to support the state’s children and their schools.


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Teachers’ Union Recommends Reforms

Minnesota’s influential state teachers union says it wants to shrink the state’s achievement gap by shrinking class sizes and focusing on early childhood education for future students.


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Observers Say Teachers Union Loses Political Clout

The leader of the state teacher’s union says the organization is facing a different political landscape at the Capitol, but expects to retain its political clout.


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DeBlog: The Teachers’ Convention

My Good Question on the Education Minnesota convention is already irritating some of the teachers who are e-mailing me, so I thought I’d write a blog entry to give people a chance to comment on the story online.


Good Question: Is Teachers’ Conference Worth It?

For two days every October, schools close, parents scramble and kids enjoy a couple days off of school. Minnesota’s teachers union holds its annual Professional Conference during the school year. But is the cost worth it?


No School! Teacher Conference

   It’s the start of a four-day weekend for students across Minnesota as teachers gather for their annual convention.