Nominations Begin For 2016 Teacher Of The Year AwardNominations are under way for Minnesota's Teacher of the Year for 2016. It's impossible to pick the best teacher in Minnesota, so the goal is to find someone who best represents all of the state's educators.
Volunteers Back In Class At Minneapolis SchoolsNow that students are back in class, so are a whole other group of folks: school volunteers.
Target Axes Program That Gave Millions To SchoolsBeginning next spring, Target will end a program that has given millions of dollars to schools across the U.S.
Iowa Board: Public School Choirs May Sing Religious MusicThe Iowa Board of Education has ruled that public school choirs may sing religious music. The board voted 5-3 on Thursday to reject a challenge filed by the parents of a girl who recently graduated from the New Hampton Community School District.
Dayton: Will Keep Seeking Money For Early EducationGov. Mark Dayton is putting lawmakers on notice: They'll have to pony up more for early education programs to unlock money for their priorities. Republican legislators have big plans for tax relief heading into the 2016 legislative session. But Dayton said Tuesday he won't sign a tax bill if the Legislature doesn't put up an "equitable" amount for early education.
Families Spending Less On Back-To-School ShoppingIt's the middle of July, but some families have already started their back-to-school shopping. Spending has grown 42 percent in the last decade. But this year, families plan to cut back.
After 71 Years, World War II Vet Receives H.S. DiplomaHe left high school 71 years ago, but a World War II Veteran finally received his diploma on Monday. Russell Whittaker was 17 years old when he left Mound High School in 1944 to enlist in the U.S. Navy.
Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late BudgetMinnesota's path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.
Walker Makes Case For Education Reforms NationwideScott Walker touted changes he's made to K-12 education as governor in Wisconsin in a newspaper column published Wednesday, saying there's "no reason" what he's done in the state can't be matched nationwide.
Lawmakers Go Public With Budget Agreements Made In PrivateConcrete details about incomplete parts of a new Minnesota government budget are surfacing ahead of a coming special session. An education plan negotiated in private but posted publicly on Friday shows schools are in line for a sizable increase in per-pupil allowances.
Dayton Abandons Pre-K Plan, But Still No Budget Deal With GOPGov. Mark Dayton has abandoned his priority plan for a statewide pre-kindergarten program but remains at odds with GOP lawmakers over the amount of new funding for public schools. Republican leaders said Friday that progress had been made in private talks but the Democratic governor described the state of negotiations as a disappointment.
Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks StallThousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.