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Minneapolis Public Schools Cutting More Than 100 Jobs

Minneapolis Public Schools has a plan to put more money into classrooms but it will impact more than 100 jobs.

03/22/2015

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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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Como Zoo Brings Students On Week-Long Field Trip

All students love a field trip, and schools love when it doesn’t cost them a thing.

03/02/2015

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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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Minnesota’s School Vaccination Rates

This week on WCCO Sunday Morning, Esme Murphy talked with Doug Schultz from the Minnesota Department of Health about the current controversy surrounding vaccinations and the high-profile measles outbreaks.

02/15/2015

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PODCAST 2-4-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Breaking News from overnight and Sid and Mike comment on SIGNING DAY at the U of M. Click the link above to listen!

02/04/2015

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Bill Would Update Student Phys Ed Standards, Require Tests

A Minnesota state senator wants to hold more schools accountable for their students’ physical education. Sen. Susan Kent introduced a bill Monday that would require yearly assessments of students’ physical health starting with the 2017 school year.

01/26/2015

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Good Question: Why Don’t Most Schools Have Recess Before Lunch?

When we were growing up, you always had recess after lunch. But new research shows that children will eat 54 percent more fruits and vegetables at lunch if they eat after recess. “Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to ‘finish’ so that they can go play. This results in wasted fruits and vegetables,” Dr. David Just of Cornell University said.

01/15/2015

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Dangerous Cold, Snow As Arctic Air Hovers Over Minnesota

Minnesotans awoke Monday to dangerous subzero temperatures, wind chill values that could cause frostbite in minutes, and a coming winter storm.

01/05/2015

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Worst Flu Outbreak In 4 Years Hits Minnesota

Minnesota is experiencing the worst flu outbreak in four years. Hundreds of schools across the state have been affected and now doctors and nurses are getting sick, too. Hospitals have admitted more than 300 Minnesotans with the flu this season. Sixty of the cases happened just in the last week. There were 22 cases in the same week in 2013.

12/21/2014

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271 Minnesota Schools Have Reported Flu Outbreaks

Minnesota health officials are reporting a surge in flu outbreaks at schools and long-term care facilities. Through the end of last week, 203 new schools reported outbreaks, compared with 19 the previous week.

12/19/2014

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Audit Finds Oversight Lacking At School Tech Group

An audit of a Minnesota school technology collaborative has found a lack of oversight and widespread mismanagement of funds.

12/06/2014

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Minneapolis, St. Paul Schools Cancel After-School Activities

Public schools in both Minneapolis and St. Paul have canceled after-school activities in anticipation of further snow. The snow began falling in Minnesota at around 3 a.m.

11/10/2014

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Minn. Sees More Than A Foot Of Snow In Season’s 1st Storm

The flakes of the season’s first major snow storm began falling on Minnesota Monday morning, and by the time the clouds clear out Tuesday, around a foot of snow could blanket a swath of the state.

11/10/2014

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Minn. School District Goes High-Tech To Beef Up Security

Instead of waiting for something to happen, a Minnesota school district is being proactive by taking security to the next level. Eastern Carver County added secure entrances to each school, and more surveillance cameras this school year. Shana Anderson often volunteers at her son’s school, Bluff Creek Elementary. This year, there’s a new step before she can get to the office.

10/22/2014

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Twin Cities Academy Named One Of The Best US Schools

An unassuming building on the east side of St. Paul is home to one of the best high schools in the nation — Twin Cities Academy. It was ranked 42 on the list of the nation’s top 500 schools by Newsweek Magazine. The rankings are based on how well they prepared students for college. TCA received a college readiness score of 97.25

09/10/2014

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Labor Day: What’s Open, What’s Closed

Since Labor Day is a holiday, here is a list of what’s open and what’s closed. You can go shopping today. Most grocery stores and malls will be open.

09/01/2014

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Twin Cities Schools Launch Minnesota Thursdays

Students in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools will eat lunch food that comes from Minnesota farmers on the first Thursday of every month. School administrators say Minnesota Thursdays stems from the Farm to School programs at both districts.

08/31/2014

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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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Excellent Educator: Cottage Grove Park High’s Jason Schwartz

This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator in the metro who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives. A true excellent educator is passionate about helping their students’ successes, no matter what the challenge.

04/04/2014

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Minn. Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Bill

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday to prevent bullying in Minnesota schools. But even though lawmakers support the idea of the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, it is still among the most controversial bills of the year at the Capitol. Minnesota has been in the national spotlight because of a rash of students committing suicides because of bullying.

04/03/2014

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‘U’ Study: Improvements With Later H.S. School Start Times

High schools that start later in the morning may be doing their students a world of good, according to a new study released by the University of Minnesota. The three-year project, commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control, studied five Minnesota high schools.

03/12/2014

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Proposal Could Ban Junk Food, Soda Ads In Schools

Schools across the country may soon see the end of ads for junk food and soda. At the White House Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Agriculture Secretary rolled out a new proposal.

02/25/2014

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