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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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