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Le Sueur man uses gift of life to give to kids

Philip Weyhe, Le Sueur News-Herald, December 2015 Mark Aune works with Park Elementary student Teegan Rosenthal as a Minnesota Reading Corps volunteer. Aune received a new lease on life after a liver transplant in 2011. (Philip Weyhe/Le Sueur News-Herald) Four years ago, Le Sueur resident Mark Aune watched a dark greenish-brown liquid exit out of […]

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Restart search for Minneapolis schools superintendent

Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune, December 17, 2015   Officials here should have known about allegations in Holyoke, Mass. Sergio Paez was named superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools last week after a 10-month national search, as well as public interviews, panel discussions and community forums with three finalists. By announcing the choice of a new […]

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Joe Nathan column: Huge, historic gift for low-, middle-income high school seniors

Joe Nathan, HometownSource.com, December 16, 2015   Joe Nathan This year’s Minnesota Legislature and the state’s taxpayers are giving a huge, historic gift to Minnesota students who graduate from high school in spring 2016. They have offered to pay full tuition and general fees for these graduates who enter a one- or two-year program in […]

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With Recess In Decline, Some Schools Are Bucking The Trend 

Christopher Connelly, KERA News, December 15, 2015 Some students at Eagle Mountain Elementary School are having recess four times a day. Donna McBride, a first grade teacher, has noticed a difference in her students. Turns out recess is so much more than just monkey bars and freeze tag. In American public schools, though, recess has […]

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Update for December 2015: Wrapping up the year!

A Look Ahead to 2016 The new year is right around the corner, so stay tuned! 2016 promises to be a big year. Every state senator and representative is up for election next November, which is sure to be evident in their work at the Capitol starting March 8. Parents United will host its annual […]

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What Does ESSA Mean for Special Education? 

Christina Samuels, Education Week, December 10, 2015   The No Child Left Behind Act is officially part of the past, and the Every Student Succeeds Act is the law of the land. So what does the new law mean for students with disabilities? Though NCLB is gone, to be replaced with far-more state-led accountability, there are […]

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St. Paul teachers threaten strike over school violence: St. Paul district said union ideas would cost too much

James Walsh, Star Tribune, December 10, 2015 Video (01:12):  St. Paul Public Schools superintendent Valeria Silva responded to the teacher union’s request for mediation with the district, a prerequisite for a strike. To the president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers — and the union’s 3,800 members — the issue of school safety is […]

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President Signs ESEA Rewrite, Giving States, Districts Bigger Say on Policy

Education Week, Alyson Klein, December 10, 2015 UPDATED For the past quarter century, federal education policy has been moving in one direction: toward standards-based education redesign, a greater reliance on standardized tests, and bigger role for Washington when it comes to holding schools accountable for student results. President Barack Obama reversed course with the stroke […]

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How much violence is there against Minnesota teachers?

Dan Baumann, Pioneer Press, December 9, 2015 Link here for graphs and charts Minnesota and Wisconsin lag behind the rest of the nation on teacher safety, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. More than 6 percent of Minnesota teachers were reported to have been physically attacked by students during the 2011-12 school year, […]

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Semifinalists named in Minneapolis superintendent search

Alejandra Matos, Star Tribune, November 10, 2015 The semifinalists for the superintendent’s post all have experience in struggling urban districts. Six educators, including an administrator from Houston, an associate superintendent in Anoka and a regional superintendent in Milwaukee, were named semifinalists for the superintendency of Minneapolis Public Schools. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the national […]

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