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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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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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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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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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2016 Teacher of the Year

Candidates for Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent position have been interviewed by media, parents and the school board this week. On May 24, 2016, the school board plans to vote between Ed Graff or Brenda Cassellius. Graff’s message is that he will bring a paradigm shift to the district. Cassellius’s message is that she knows the district, the […]

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House and Senate budgets for education and the bigger picture

Minnesota Budget Bites clearly and accurately details the differences between Senate and House proposals for the Supplemental Budget. They also put this into the context of other budgeting that needs to happen before the end of the 2015-2016 session on May 23.  

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Minnesota lawmakers in discord over bonding and spending

Kyle Potter, Associated Press, suggests gaps between proposals in the Minnesota House and Senate reflect a large bipartisan divide. By May 23, in order to pass bonding measures or spend a dime of the surplus, legislators will have to compromise on taxes and transportation, bonding, education, drug sentencing and real IDs. According to the Star Tribune, it’s not […]

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Minnesota’s business property taxes are not as high as they seem

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce recently published findings that Minnesota’s business property taxes rank among the nation’s highest. However, Jeff Van Wychen of the North Star Policy Institute responded with a summary that clearly demonstrates weaknesses in their report involving geography and exemptions.

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