Republicans in the Minnesota House are firming up their stance on one of the session’s biggest issues: education. A floor session on the GOP’s education budget was expected to last hours Saturday. The House would spend about $157 million more on schools and families over the next two years. The bulk of that is in money districts can use however they like.
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.
The Minnesota House has passed a divisive Republican bill that would minimize the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions statewide. School boards would be required to include evaluations of teachers in layoff decisions under the proposal.
The Minnesota House has taken up a bill to change the teacher layoff system statewide. Rep. Jenifer Loon’s proposal would minimize seniority when school boards decide which teachers to lay off. It would require teacher evaluations play a role in the decisions.
Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote this week on a top Republican priority that could affect every school in the state.
The bill would allow school districts to lay off ineffective teachers even if they have union seniority and classroom tenure.
A Democratic state senator will buck her party’s historical alliance with the Minnesota teachers union and push to drop seniority as the main determinant in teacher layoffs. Sen. Terri Bonoff will formally introduce a bill aimed at the “last in, first out” layoff system common across Minnesota on Thursday.
Friday was supposed to be payday for thousands of Minnesota teachers and school employees But St. Paul Public Schools says there was a miscommunication with U.S. Bank.
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.
Hundreds of thousands of kids are waking up a little earlier this Tuesday, and so are their excited parents. The day after Labor Day means it’s time to head back to school for most Minnesota students.
The number of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is growing at a rate nearly double that of non-STEM jobs. To train this workforce of the near future, the United States needs an army of teachers highly trained in science, math, and technology.
Teacher support is key to all of these efforts, which is why Raytheon is interested in rewarding educators who go the extra mile to get students excited.
Seasoned instructors share the essentials for your child’s transition back to the classroom.
In Minneapolis, four teachers are going way beyond what is expected in order to close a cultural gap. The teachers work at Anne Sullivan Communication Center, an elementary and middle school on East 28th Street in Minneapolis. There, 60 percent of the students are Somali.
For some, like our Excellent Educator pick from just last week, teaching is a calling that starts early in life. Others hear the call a little bit later. This week’s honoree took some time to explore the world before deciding to mold young minds.
A Twin Cities teacher is on paid administrative leave after leaving a message in which she could be heard saying she might strangle a student. The message was left on the voice mail of the mother of a hearing-impaired first grader, and was the result of an alleged “pocket dial.”
Becca from Sartell asked: Why do we give an apple to a teacher? Some believe the apple is a symbol is knowledge. But others suggest that back in the 1800s, frontier families were responsible for feeding teachers and apples happened to be plentiful. The tradition continues even after families no longer fed teachers.
A tentative agreement has been reached that should prevent the possibility for teachers to go on strike in one of Minnesota’s largest school districts. On Tuesday, the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s director of communications said that the school board reached an agreement with the union representing the teachers.
Teachers and administrators in one of Minnesota’s largest school districts will resume negotiations Monday night in an effort to avoid a possible work stoppage. Officials said the negotiating team for Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, the group representing the teachers, will resume contract talks with district officials at about 5 p.m. Monday.
A teacher’s strike could be looming in the Anoka-Hennepin District. The Anoka-Hennepin District and its 2,800 teachers have been negotiating a new contract for 10 months with little results.
The St. Paul teachers union says its members voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify the tentative contract agreement reached with the school district less than two weeks ago.
The Minneapolis school district and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative contract agreement. The district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers say they reached the deal Saturday after what they said were “three consecutive days of productive talks.” Negotiations had begun last June.
After three days of negotiation, Minneapolis Public Schools has reached a contract agreement with its teachers late Saturday night. The specifics of the contract have not yet been released, but the district released the following statement: “We believe this contract will improve our overall effectiveness by investing in teachers and students who are at the core of our work.”
Several members of a House education committee favor repeal of a law that requires a basic skills test for teachers. The K-12 education committee met to consider a task force’s report on the test.
Days ahead of a vote that could lead to a strike, hundreds of teachers and supporters rallied in St. Paul at a school board meeting on Tuesday night. St. Paul teachers have announced they will hold a strike vote on Feb. 24. If teachers authorize a strike, teachers would have to wait 10 days before walking off the job.
Last week Dave talked with the Teachers Union about a possible strike….today, he got the other side of the issue when he visited with the Chair Of The Board Of Education. Click the link to listen…..