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Changes in Leadership

MinnPost has offered insight into a changing tide of leadership within public education in 2016. These changes are occurring at the union, district, state, foundation and nonprofit levels. Closure of Parents United on June 30, 2016 will be a part of that wave. Read more.

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Parents United Final Update and Goodbye

This will be our final Update. For fourteen years, it has been a pleasure reporting the happenings in the political arena that impact our public schools. We have learned so very much and hope that we passed those learnings along to you. We look forward to reading the epilogue of our story in the years […]

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Student voices are to be heard, not ignored

Read a statement from the Student Engagement and Advancement Board of the St. Paul Public Schools about why we should listen to students.

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Help with Student Loans Now Available For Qualifying Teachers

The teacher loan forgiveness  program that was passed in 2015 and run by the Office of Higher Education is now accepting applications. Read more about the Minnesota Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment Program at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2193. The online application is now available at: https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/ssl/tslr/app.cfm.  

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Update for May 27, 2016: Unpacking the Bill

At the Capitol The Governor is considering bills that made it to his desk and will make his decision on the Supplemental Budget bill this weekend. There is no reason to believe that this bill will go unsigned, but stranger things have happened! You can track when and if HF2749 is signed on the Governor’s […]

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Public school singing a new song…

Amid all the questions and negativity, there are still great things happening in public schools. Here is a quick KARE 11 story that will warm your heart.  

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Resilience: how does it benefit learners?

What is resilience and how do kids get it? Why does it benefit learners? An Atlantic article asks, “How kids really succeed?”

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Special Update for May 23, 2016: The Final Bits and Pieces

At the Capitol This will be short and sweet. Early Sunday morning, the Supplemental Budget Conference Committee completed their work on the K-12 portion of the bill. It passed off both floors later that day and is now on the governor’s desk ready for his signature. You can track how it is fairing at the […]

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Update for May 20, 2016: Down to the Wire

At the Capitol At this time of session, tracking provisions that are actually in the education bill becomes challenging! While waiting for Majority Leader Bakk, Speaker Daudt and Governor Dayton to reach a bargain on money, the supplemental budget conference committee has accepted policy provisions that ostensibly have no fiscal impact. Language in several provisions […]

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But what are we waiting for?

We keep say we are waiting to hear what leadership decides on transportation, taxes and bonding, before we can tell you more about what will happen (or not happen) in education this year. But what does that mean? What decisions have to be made? What is in the balance? MPR News interviewed “leadership:” Governor Dayton, Speaker […]

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