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As session opens, Dayton puts focus on education

Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, January 5, 2015 Entering his final term, the governor said schools offer the best hope of bridging a harmful wealth divide. VIDEO Declaring that better learning opportunities can help erase America’s growing gap between rich and poor, Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term Monday with a vow to deliver “an […]

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Minnesota legislative session: New hopes for bipartisanship

Christopher Magan and Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press, January 3, 2015   The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as seen from behind, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff) Republicans and Democrats agree on the big issues Minnesotans want addressed when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday, but true bipartisanship is as much […]

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The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind

Maggie Stearms, POLITICO PRO, January 2, 2015 The Republican plan could dramatically roll back the federal role in education. Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year — one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and […]

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At Minnesota Capitol, 19-year-old makes a name for himself

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, May 16, 2014 Zander Danielson Sellie has become a familiar face at the Minnesota Capitol. He’s not a lobbyist, a bureaucrat or a lawmaker, but a 19-year-old St. Paul resident who got hooked on politics last year while working to prevent the closing of Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School, […]

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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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