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Sen. Franken Introduces Bill Aiming To Ease Student Loan Debt

Minnesota Senator Al Franken co-authored a piece of legislation that would make it possible to refinance federal student loans for lower interest rates. The bill would apply to both graduates and current students with college debt.

03/21/2015

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Gov. Dayton Proposes Free Preschool For 4-Year-Olds

During a visit to a Newport Elementary classroom Friday morning, Gov. Mark Dayton made his pitch for universal preschool for Minnesota 4-year-olds. The administration estimates the proposal would affect 47,300 students in its first year, eventually growing to roughly 57,000 in a few years.

03/20/2015

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Education Advocates Duel Over Teacher Layoff Bills

A move to minimize the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions continued to draw heavy debate in its first Senate test. House Republicans and at least one Democratic senator want evaluations to play a role in the decision to lay off educators when school budgets are tight.

03/12/2015

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Republicans Continue School-Choice Focus At Capitol

Republicans are continuing their focus on school choice with a pair of proposals to help more families afford private school. Sen. David Senjem wants the state to set aside $80 million in tax credits for people and corporations that donate to scholarship funds.

03/09/2015

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Recommendations Heard To Improve Education For Native American Students

Numbers released on Tuesday showed that Native American students in Minnesota have among the lowest graduation and highest dropout rates in the country.

02/25/2015

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Senate Republicans Outbid Governor In Education Wish List

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate want to spend more money on education than the state’s Democratic governor does. Sen. Sean Nienow says the Republican proposal would total around $450 million in extra school funding over the next two years.

02/24/2015

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The High Cost Of Competitive Pre-H.S. Sports

Competitive sports are starting earlier and costing more than ever. So, we’re taking a look at how much families are really paying to play in some of the most popular sports.

02/16/2015

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year. They signaled as much in a joint House hearing on finance for education and health and human services Wednesday.

02/04/2015

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Senate Dems Expand Ed Focus To Counselors, Dual Credit

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are expanding their focus on education. They want to increase school funding for counselors and programs that let high school students earn college credit.

02/04/2015

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A Look At Millennials: Education & College Costs

Minnesota millennials face a tough challenge: a lot of jobs require degrees, but they don’t come cheap. Minnesota millennials are smarter than ever, nearly 40 percent of young professionals in the state have a bachelor’s degree or higher. That number puts Minnesota’s youngest generation to join the work force seventh nationally.

02/04/2015

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Walker Proposes $300M In Cuts To University Of Wis. System

Gov. Scott Walker says faculty and staff in the University of Wisconsin System should be teaching more classes and doing more work. He made the comments Wednesday during an interview on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee.

01/28/2015

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Dayton Lifts Education In $42 Billion Budget But Test Awaits

Every Minnesota public school student would be worth more in the eyes of the state if lawmakers support Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal. Dayton wants to increase the basic per-pupil funding formula for school districts by 1 percent in each of the next two years.

01/27/2015

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GOP Lawmakers: Dayton’s $42B Budget Too Big

Minnesota Republicans say Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed $42 billion budget is too large. House Speaker Kurt Daudt declined Tuesday to put a number on how much smaller the state’s two-year budget should be.

01/27/2015

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Therapy Dogs Help Young Students Learn To Read

Teachers across the metro area have discovered an innovative way to teach young kids how to read better and with more confidence. They are enlisting the help of therapy dogs. Dogs that have received special training to sit patiently with children, as the kids read aloud.

01/23/2015

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Gov. Dayton Sheds Light On Education Funding Increases In Budget

More details are spilling out from Gov. Mark Dayton about his upcoming budget proposal, and this time it’s about new money for education programs.

01/23/2015

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Interview: Rep. Kurt Daudt On Legislative Priorities

The new speaker of the Minnesota House, Rep. Kurt Daudt, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning about road construction, gas prices, education, liquor on Sundays and the Capitol construction project.

01/18/2015

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MN Students, Schools React To Possibility Of Free Community College

President Obama asked Congress for a government program to make community college tuition-free for two years on Friday.

01/09/2015

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LEGISLATURE ’15: Budget, Bridges, Booze And More

The strike of a gavel Tuesday will start Minnesota’s Legislative session, a marathon of bills, amendments, debate and disagreements that will run into the spring. Here’s a taste of what may be brewing at the Capitol this year.

01/03/2015

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Transportation, Education Top Dayton’s To-Do List

Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to go all in on a highway-and-transit upgrade package that could cost drivers a dime or more extra on a gallon of gas and metro shoppers a nickel more on every $10 taxable purchase, a trade-off the Democrat described Monday as vital to a transportation network he sees as choked and crumbling.

12/29/2014

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Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP’s Education Plans

A retired English teacher will help set Republicans’ agenda for making changes to the state’s schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government.

12/21/2014

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Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP’s Education Plans

A retired English teacher will help set Republicans’ agenda for making changes to the state’s schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government.

12/20/2014

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St. Olaf’s Rwandan Students ‘Thankful’ For Gift Of Education

On a cold, clear, Minnesota morning, Norbert Abayisenga is headed to biology class. He is a sophomore in a sea of 3,100 St. Olaf College students. “I really appreciate my past and I don’t regret my past because it made me into who I am,” Abayisenga said.

11/27/2014

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The Phantom Tollbooth: The Surprising Tech Behind Highway Toll Lanes

The idea behind automated toll collection seems simple: A car passes through with a transponder, and a radio sensor charges the owner’s account.

10/27/2014

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Still Bringing The Thrills: Behind The Scenes Of Raytheon’s Epcot Ride

Raytheon, a longtime supporter of education in science, technology, engineering and math, created Sum of All Thrills to show the real-life application of concepts such as angles, velocity and kinetic energy.

10/27/2014

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Engineered for Success: Four Women Tell Their Stories of Achievement

Four girls grew up to become accomplished engineers and scientists, one chased amoebas in a creek. Another loved puzzling out math problems. One fed her curiosity through a sash full of Girl Scout badges, while another became enamored with science during a trip to a crocodile farm.

10/20/2014

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