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Progress for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Marian Wright Edelman, Huffington Post, December 12, 2014 On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy and elected leaders and other key stakeholders. It was a welcome chance to celebrate progress in expanding access to quality early childhood development […]

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Northside Achievement Zone report finds longer enrollment boosts academic success

Sasha Aslanian, MPR News, Dec 12, 2014 Listen: 4min 5sec An ambitious effort to improve the academic performance of children in north Minneapolis is helping some students in the younger grades make gains, according to a recent assessment of the program. Wilder Research has found that the longer children are enrolled in the Northside Achievement […]

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Mapping Minnesota’s Future to Shared Opportunities

Minnesota Budget Project, Clark Biegler, December 11, 2014 In some parts of our state, 1 in 3 children live in poverty, more than 1 in 3 households have high housing costs, or 1 in 8 adults are unemployed. While Minnesota has one of the strongest economies in the nation, too many are not sharing in the state’s overall success. Minnesota’s […]

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Federal Communications Commission Votes to Increase Funding for E-rate by $1.5 Billion to Expand High-Speed Internet Access in Nation’s Schools and Libraries

  Alliance Alert, Alliance for Excellent Education, December 11, 2014 Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to increase funding for the federal E-rate program by $1.5 billion annually in order to help U.S. schools and libraries improve internet access. The decision will allow the United States to expand high-speed Wi-Fi access to 43.5 million […]

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Legislation Would Help States Rethink Testing Systems, Pare Back Tests

Alyson Klein, Education Week’s blog Politics K-12, December 9, 2014   States that want to carefully consider the number and type of tests they offer—and maybe make some changes to their regimens—would get an assist from a federal grant program aimed at improving assessments, under a bill introduced Monday by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., a […]

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Improving mental health in schools

Eric Rossen, Katherine Cowan, Phi Beta Kappan Dec 2014/Jan 2015 vol 96 no. 4   Abstract Students do not leave their mental health at the front door when they come to school. From wellness to serious illness, a student’s mental health status is integral to how they think, feel, interact, behave, and learn. Decades of […]

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Promise Zone could invigorate north Minneapolis, some question its efficacy

Ethan Nelson, The Minnesota Daily, December 07, 2014 Lesa Clarkson started connecting Minneapolis’ middle and high school students with University of Minnesota undergraduate tutors last year. As an associate director for the University’s STEM Education Center, she oversees a group of undergraduate and graduate students who prepare students citywide for the ACT. The program operates […]

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Billion dollar surplus anticipated for new biennium

Mike Cook, Session Daily: News from the House, December 4, 2014 Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to have more than a billion additional dollars at their disposal. Released Thursday, the November Budget and Economic Forecast shows the state with a projected $1.037 billion available for the upcoming biennial state budget. “The long-term fiscal stability of […]

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Budget surplus should be used to keep Minnesota moving forward

Clark Biegler, Minnesota Budget Project, MN Council of Nonprofits, December 4, 2014 The state’s November 2014 Economic Forecast released today has positive news for each of the next three budget cycles. The forecast projects a $556 million positive balance for the remainder of the FY 2014-15 biennium. Because of a policy change passed last year, […]

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Moving Teacher Preparation into the Future

Mark Dynarski, Brookings Institute, December 4, 2014 New teachers are essential to K-12 education. They allow the system to grow as the number of students grows, and they replace teachers retiring or taking other jobs. In light of the size of the K-12 sector, it’s not surprising that preparing new teachers is big business. Currently […]

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