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School Spending Increases Linked to Better Outcomes for Poor Students

Holly Yettick, Education Week, May 29, 2014 – In districts that substantially increased their spending as the result of court-ordered changes in school finance, low-income children were significantly more likely to graduate from high school, earn livable wages, and avoid poverty in adulthood. So concludes a working paper published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, or […]

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A successful school-community partnership: Minnesota Reading Corps

Ann Hobbie, Parents United for Public Schools, May 20, 2014 In the coming year, Parents United will highlight ways that partnerships with the community are helping schools and their students achieve outcomes. Minnesota Reading Corps is the first of these success stories we share. AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service […]

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How a ‘New Secessionist’ Movement Is Threatening to Worsen School Segregation and Widen Inequalities

Susan Eaton, The Nation, May 15, 2014   (Photo Courtesy of Don Harder, CC2.0) A new secessionist movement, anchored in the South, provides yet another reminder that “separate” still means “unequal” when it comes to the racial dynamics of the nation’s public schools. The small middle-class town of Gardendale, Alabama, outside Birmingham, voted on November 12 […]

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Brown v. Board at 60

Michael Diedrich; Education Fellow, Minnesota 2020, May 13, 2014 This Saturday will mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which found “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” and put a large crack in the foundation of legally sanctioned racial segregation. 60 years later, we still have work to […]

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Long time civil rights activist challenges charter school/segregation charges

Joe Nathan; School Talk, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 25, 2014 Below is Bill Wilson’s Minnesota Senate testimony from earlier this year.  Bill is the first African American to be elected to the St. Paul City Council, the first to be elected City Council Chair.  Later he was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human RIghts […]

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Parents and the Common Core: A Conversation with National PTA President Otha Thornton

Anne O’Brien, Learning First Alliance, February 24, 2014 Evidence clearly shows that family engagement in education promotes student success. And the vast majority of parents (and other family members and guardians) understands that fact and takes educational responsibilities very seriously. So when they are faced with reforms that require changes to their children’s school experiences, families […]

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Number of mostly white suburban charters has risen by 40% over 5 years, report says

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, October 9, 2013 The number of predominantly white charter schools in increasingly diverse Twin Cities suburbs grew by 40 percent over the last five years, according to a report just released by University of Minnesota researchers. The survey, conducted by the U of M Law School’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity(IMO), is the third since […]

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