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The myth that public schools are failing: what is the source?

This article highlights corporate attempts to privatize public education. Author and Executive Director of YES! Magazine, Dean Paton, provides an interesting perspective on how “politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.” Interesting graphics paint a picture of corporate greed and it’s ugly ties to education reform. Is it […]

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Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?

Emmanuel Felton, Hechinger Report, December 19, 2014   Last month’s election spells trouble for the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade. With the standards increasingly being assailed by conservatives as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education , the Republican sweep […]

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Legislative Kick-off! And much more.

Parents United Annual Legislative Kick-off Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9 – 11 am TIES Main (East) Building, 3rd Floor Cafeteria 1667 Snelling Ave. N., St Paul, MN 55108 Coffee, rolls and conversation! The Kick-off is free, but please RSVP This event will be live-streamed.  Legislation Matters As we deal with weather and holiday preparations, let’s […]

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Minnesota Department of Education Announces 2014 Celebration Schools

Press Release — Minnesota Department of Education, December 17, 2014   Today, the Minnesota Department of Education announced that 22 schools are being recognized as Celebration schools for their efforts to increase student achievement. This year, 143 schools applied for the honor. “I want to congratulate these schools for this incredible accomplishment,” said Education Commissioner […]

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State Senate trims committee list, schedule

Tim Pugmire, MPR News, December 10, 2014 The Minnesota Senate will begin the 2015 session without an education policy committee. Education policy matters will now be dealt with by the education finance committee, also known as the E-12 Division. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, released a new committee schedule today that shows the realignment. […]

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Proposed Federal Regulations for Teacher Preparation Programs

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, http://aacte.org/, December 2014 Time remaining to submit comments: 46 Days 12 Hours 21 Minutes 09 Seconds   Over the next several months AACTE’s leadership will conduct interviews with media and engage in strategic outreach to key press to spread the reach of the organization and its members’ stance […]

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Bernadeia Johnson resigns as Minneapolis schools superintendent

Tim Post, Education MPR, Dec 16, 2014 Listen: 4min 21sec Minneapolis Public Schools’ superintendent Bernadeia Johnson is stepping down from the job she has held for more than four years, creating more turmoil in the district at a time when it faces tough challenges. The Minneapolis School Board accepted Johnson’s resignation at its meeting Tuesday. Johnson, […]

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GOP Senate Aides Working on Draft ESEA Bill That Could Ditch Annual Testing

Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 15, 2014 Senate GOP aides, who are hoping to get a bill reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act on the runway early in the new year, are getting started on legislation that looks very similar to a bill Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the incoming chairman of the Senate education […]

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Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?

Emmanuel Felton, Hechinger Report, December 12, 2014   The Common Core wasn’t necessarily supposed to change how math is taught, but in many schools that’s exactly what’s happening. Many – some might argue most – American math teachers once followed a simple format: Explain a formula to the class, show an example on the board, […]

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‘Almost impossible’: an exit interview with outgoing Minneapolis School Board member Alberto Monserrate

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, December 12, 2014   MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley At a recent meeting of the Minneapolis School Board, Alberto Monserrate voted in favor of a new five-year strategic plan for closing the district’s yawning achievement gap. He ranted a little bit before he did so, however, saying he was skeptical the district […]

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