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In Wake Of Conn. Shooting, Minn. Schools To Hold Safety Referendum

Most Minnesota schools will welcome students back on Tuesday, and keeping kids safe while they’re there is a top priority. After a gunman stormed an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, some Minnesota schools made changes. This fall, at least five school districts in our state will vote on safety referendums.

09/02/2013

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‘Heat Days’ Become More Common For Sweaty Schools

Schools starting the year before Labor Day are running into a problem: heat. As temperatures climbed past 90 in much of the Midwest last week, many schools were forced to find creative ways to cool kids down.

09/02/2013

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Heat Proves Too Much For Some Minneapolis Schools

Minneapolis schools tried fans, popsicles, ice and outdoor classes before finally giving in to a late-summer heat wave.

08/29/2013

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Minn. Celebrates 50 Years Since MLK’s ‘Dream’ Speech

On this day in 1963, King called for racial and economic justice on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. On Wednesday, President Obama, along with former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, stood in the same spot.

08/28/2013

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Report: Troubling Achievement Gap In MN Schools

With many Minnesota kids heading back to school next week, the state received some good, and some troubling news. While Minnesota led the nation in ACT test scores for the 8th straight year, there is a troubling achievement gap.

08/25/2013

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KDWB’s Dave Ryan Under Fire For School-Slamming Tweets

KDWB-FM radio host Dave Ryan is feeling the heat of controversy after he poked fun at several Minnesota schools on Twitter. While the series of tweets had some people laughing, the Minnesota Department of Education was not amused.

07/31/2013

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U.S. Secretary Of Education Praises MN Early Learning Programs

The U.S. Secretary of Education today praised Minnesota’s new early learning programs and made a pitch to take them nationwide. Secretary Arne Duncan visited a suburban pre-school Tuesday morning, and later held a town hall meeting, calling early education “the best investment” a state can make.

07/16/2013

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Minn. School’s Adjust To USDA Lunch Guidelines

Minnesota schools are adjusting after the USDA issued new guidelines on the amount of fat and calories contained in snacks made available in lunchrooms.

06/27/2013

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Education Dept. Anticipates First Big Budget Hike In A Decade

School may be out for the summer, but educators and parents are already anxiously looking ahead to the next two years, now that legislators approved the first big spending spree on education in ten years. After a decade of cuts, it is more than just good news.

06/07/2013

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What Plans Are In Place If A Tornado Hits MN Schools?

Near the doorway of an Anoka-Hennepin School District classroom is an emergency guide. One of the tabs reads “tornado.” Alongside the guide is also a map of the school. Some of the rooms are colored yellow to signify they are safe evacuation zones.

05/21/2013

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Want Your School At ‘We Day’? Get Involved Now

If you would like your school to get involved in We Day, now is the time. We Day Minnesota will bring together 18,000 young people and some big-name celebrities in October to celebrate the power to create a positive change locally and globally.

05/13/2013

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Minn. House Passes Anti-Bullying Bill

The Minnesota House has passed a bill requiring all public school districts to create policies aimed at reducing bullying. The bill passed Monday by a vote of 72-57. It was introduced after a rash of high-profile bullying incidents in school districts across the state.

05/06/2013

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Minnetonka Students Earn Tickets To ‘We Day Minnesota’

Students at Minnetonka High School are earning their way to the star-studded We Day Minnesota event coming up this October, and they’re doing it one sandwich at a time.

05/06/2013

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Some Schoolchildren Get Rare May Snow Day

Schoolchildren in Minnesota and Wisconsin got a rare May snow day Thursday as a storm dropped up to 16 inches of sticky snow across a beleaguered region that was just starting to enjoy spring.

05/02/2013

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Computer Glitches Derail School Tests In 3 States

School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and determine teachers’ pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators’ computer systems.

05/01/2013

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