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Advocates make pitch for increased early ed funding 

Hank Long, Session Daily, January 22, 2015 A coalition of early education advocates are convinced they have found the most effective way to close the achievement gap. It starts early, they say. And it takes support from a variety of community resources and state funding to ensure that all children are kindergarten ready. MinneMinds — […]

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Update—for January 23, 2015: Slow and Steady

These early weeks continue to be filled with task force reports and presentations from the Minnesota Department of Education and other state agencies dealing with education related issues. It is a way to ease into the session. Legislators get to know each other and hopefully develop a common knowledge base. This week at the Capitol […]

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School Funding is a Warm Sweater

I was recently standing around the printer for teacher’s use at my son’s public elementary school, waiting for my Lego League rules to print. In the 23 minutes I waited, 9 teachers popped in and out to see if their print job was done. “Yes,” they agreed. Printing and copying in this building is under-resourced […]

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Bill would extend Minn. school district power to tax for repairs, avoid voter approval

Kia Farhang, Star Tribune, January 18, 2015 192 FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Opening a hatch in the gym floor at Forest Lake Elementary, Brandon Perry looked down at the web of heating pipes below. Any issue with the school’s more than 60-year-old heating system, and Perry or another custodian has to climb down and wriggle through […]

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House ed leaders play ‘Ping-Pong’ with a spirit of civility

Hank Long, Session Daily, January 15, 2015  Representatives Sondra Erickson and Carlos Mariani sit on opposite sides of the political aisle. They represent districts with vastly different demographic constituencies. And although they have never actually engaged one another in a game of table tennis, if they did, it’s likely their respective paddles would be stored […]

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Reviewing Federal Education Law, Senator Seeks More Local Control

Motoko Rich, The New York Times, January 13, 2015 Ahead of hearings to discuss an overhaul of No Child Left Behind, the signature education law from the George W. Bush administration, Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said Tuesday that he wanted to reverse the “trend […]

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Update for January 9, 2015: They’re Out of the Gate!

Stay Connected! The Minnesota Legislature is officially in session, and we will be there for the next five months so you know what’s being proposed for our schools. Take time to subscribe to our weekly updates. If you’d like to link to past sessions, you can easily find 2014 updates and updates from all the […]

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Minnesota Legislature: GOP, DFLers reveal top bills

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, January 8, 2013 Minnesota House Republicans and Senate Democrats released an assortment of legislative ideas Thursday that have potential for both conflict and compromise. House Republicans, in their newly won majority, have proposed five bills to start the legislative session. They include cutting business taxes; making teacher evaluations part of decisions […]

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Opening Day: Daudt, Republicans gavel in new majority

HPIS Staff, Session Daily, January 6, 2015   For those keeping score, bipartisan standing ovations outnumbered partisan stand-offs by a 5-0 count after the first day’s action in the 2015 House of Representatives. The House kicked off the 89th legislative session Tuesday with a floor session devoted to procedural business and marked by pledges of […]

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Kline and Senate ally launching new push for NCLB overhaul and less federal oversight

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 6, 2015 Another midterm, another turn of the worm. Four years ago this space carried a story noting that Rep. John Kline’s appointment as chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ powerful Education and the Workforce Committee made the Lakeville Republican a formidable — if loyal— opponent to Education Secretary Arne […]

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