Michelle Obama To Tout Role Of Arts Education ProgramCount 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.
School District Apologizes For Gay Marriage VideoThe 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."
Excellent Educator: Cottage Grove Park High's Jason SchwartzThis 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.
Minn. Senate Passes Anti-Bullying BillThe 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.
'U' Study: Improvements With Later H.S. School Start TimesHigh 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.
Proposal Could Ban Junk Food, Soda Ads In SchoolsSchools 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.
Panel Considers Repeal Of Teacher Skills TestSeveral 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.
Study: MN Schools Toss Lunches When Students Can't PayThe news story provoked national outrage as school children in Utah had their lunches tossed in the garbage because they didn't have enough money to pay for them. But it turns out something similar is happening in Minnesota, as well.
School Make-Up Days An Uncertainty For Some DistrictsThe extremely cold weather means more days off for students, and more headaches for parents and schools. Tuesday marks the fifth time many schools have closed this month, including a rare, statewide shutdown by Governor Mark Dayton. For Marisa Lee's children, Iris and William, it's starting to feel like these cold, school-free days are becoming the norm. "They are really excited, of course. They're loving all the days off," Lee said.
Frigid Cold Cancels Classes In Twin Cities & Beyond Frigid arctic air and brutal wind chills forecasted for Thursday have forced public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul to cancel classes.
Frigid Cold Persists In Minn., But Relief In Sight Most Minnesota schools closed for the second straight day Tuesday as dangerous arctic air maintained its icy grip on the state, but not in Moorhead, where district officials took advantage of the first glimmers of relief.
Folks Have Fun On Too-Cold-For-School DayMinnesota's largest school districts aren't taking any chances with this bone-chilling cold. Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis, and St. Paul Public Schools will all be closed again Tuesday. The superintendents say it's just too cold for students to wait for buses or walk to school.
Dayton: Districts Decide If Schools Close TuesdayGovernor Mark Dayton closed every Minnesota school Monday because of the weather, but he's allowing school districts to make their own decisions on Tuesday. State officials say the governor called off schools because the dangerous cold came while districts were not completely prepared after coming off of a two-week holiday. Many local districts are opting to close for a second day, including Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Kids On Extended Winter Break Find Creative Ways To Keep BusyWith no school again Monday and Tuesday in Minnesota, winter break just got a little longer. That little bit of panic set in for working parents: What to do with your kids?
School Upkeep Costs A Sore Point For Minn. SchoolsSome Minnesota school districts say they are at a disadvantage in paying for basic maintenance because the state allows only a small number of districts to raise taxes without voter approval. A special committee will make recommendations to the Legislature in February on how and whether the system should be changed.