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Generation Next Announces Plan To Bridge Achievement Gap

A group of Minnesotans say they have a new strategy to correct one of the state’s biggest disparities. Four out of 10 students make it to graduation in the city of Minneapolis, seven out of 10 in St. Paul, Minn.

08/18/2014

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Public Weighs In On Changing St. Paul School Starting Times

St. Paul Public Schools is considering a later start time for high school and middle school students. “Studies have been shown that they have different sleep patterns than smaller children and adults and they are better performers later on in the day,” Creative Arts High School teacher Lora Healam said.

08/11/2014

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Reality Check: 1 Year Anniversary Of Gay Marriage In MN

August 1 marks the one year anniversary of gay marriage in Minnesota. Throughout the year thousands of same-sex couples got married. It’s a significant cultural change in a state which rejected gay marriage for years, then witnessed an emotional legislative battle to pass it.

08/01/2014

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Feds Extend Minnesota’s Education Law Waiver

Minnesota has won another year’s break from having to abide by proficiency goals and sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. Department of Education renewed waivers Thursday for Minnesota and four other states that have implemented alternative achievement and improvement plans in place of a one-size-fits-all federal standard.

07/31/2014

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5 Back To School Things Teachers Would Love Your Help With

Seasoned instructors share the essentials for your child’s transition back to the classroom.

07/21/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Ivory Tower’ Review

To say something is seriously wrong with the cost of college – and mountain of debt piling atop the backs of America’s young people – is to state the obvious. Andrew Ross, the director of Ivory Tower, understands this. Instead of just saying “Guys, we’re in a hell of a pickle here,” his documentary gives us a road map as to how we got to this place and tries to decipher, through the fog of unrest and a forest of blinking technological light bulbs, what our possible options are to move forward. Don’t get me wrong, though: Ross doesn’t hint at a savior. The reason, after all, this is such a big mess is that no one has the knowledge, or will, to fix it. Still, it’s a given things are bound to change pretty soon. Everyone, it seems, agrees on that.

07/11/2014

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U Of M To Help With Farm Bill Education

The University of Minnesota is getting about $103,000 in federal money to help educate farmers and ranchers about the new farm bill.

06/13/2014

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Edina Teen Eliminated At Nat’l Spelling Bee Semifinals

Ironically, an Edina teenager who made it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals got tripped up by a word meaning “personification of the ultimate fate that gods must yield to.”

05/29/2014

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Michelle Obama To Tout Role Of Arts Education Program

Count on singing and dancing, maybe even a few magic tricks, when the curtain goes up Tuesday on the very first White House talent show. Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities are the hosts for the show, featuring acts by students from poor-performing schools that participate in the committee’s Turnaround Arts program.

05/20/2014

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School District Apologizes For Gay Marriage Video

The Janesville School District superintendent has issued a public apology for the showing of a video she describes as pro-gay marriage. The Wisconsin State Journal reports in April, Craig High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance showed “Kids React to Gay Marriage.”

05/14/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-14-14

Wild Season is over. Hear recaps with Sid and Mike Max. Click the link above to head to the PODCAST PAGE.

05/14/2014

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UND Students’ ‘Siouxper Drunk’ Shirts Denounced

The University of North Dakota is taking heat over shirts students choose to wear over the weekend which some are calling flat-out racist. A group of students photographed themselves wearing the shirts and posted them online.

05/13/2014

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Excellent Educator: Mounds Park Academy’s Maureen Conway

For some, like our Excellent Educator pick from just last week, teaching is a calling that starts early in life. Others hear the call a little bit later. This week’s honoree took some time to explore the world before deciding to mold young minds.

05/09/2014

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Free Vision Tests Expand Into St. Paul Public Schools

Hundreds of thousands of kids in St. Paul will soon be getting a better education. It’s not because their teachers are doing anything different. It’s because they’ll be able to see the board and their books better.

05/06/2014

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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.

05/05/2014

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