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The Minnesota Student Survey: will it make it out of the education omnibus bill alive?

The Minnesota House newsletter, Session Daily, has reported on the debate around the Minnesota Student Survey. This is a perennial discord. Preventive health and well being services for youth count on this data to ensure the provision of adequate care. Some parents are chagrined that their students are asked personal questions in school. The bill […]

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Despite what may look like increases, school aid has slumped

Despite Recent Increases, School Aid Remains Well Below FY 2003 Level

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What does Minnesota need to fund besides education this year?

As we think about what is and is not included in omnibus bills for education this session, it is important to consider what else the state needs to fund. The Star Tribune writes about tensions rising among lawmakers as the session’s end draws closer.

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Can music education budge the gap?

Prince, was Minnesota public school student. Local graduate student, Derek Otte, suggested in a letter to the Star Tribune that Prince himself accredited a teacher for offering him a practice room to explore his music that paved the way to genius. Otte and others this week are calling for public support for music education in public schools as […]

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Tensions are high as session winds down

As we think about what is and is not included in omnibus bills for education this session, it is important to consider what else the state needs to fund. The Star Tribune writes about tensions rising among lawmakers as the session’s end draws closer.

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Education bill passes house: low on funding, high on controversy

The House of Representatives passed the education finance omnibus bill for 2016 on April 25, sending it to the Senate for approval. This Session Daily article recounts policy provisions, financial appropriations and controversial statutes contained in the bill.

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Prince was a Minnesota public school student

A former classmate of Prince who went on to become a teacher wrote a letter that reminds us, “Today is a perfect opportunity for us and our students to take another look at that person at school that we have been underestimating.”

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Confirmed: racial disparities persist

Recently, the Met Council released a report entitled, “Diving Deeper: Understanding Disparities between Black and White Residents in the Twin Cities Region.” Though the well-intended report continues to expose the persistence of racial disparities in the Twin Cities, Mary Turck wrote a News Day blog response that sheds light on the fact that this is not new news. In her words, “We […]

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Student Discipline: what’s working?

At St. Cloud Technical High School, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports,” or PBIS, is proving an effective way to deal with discipline. In fact, 30% of schools in Minnesota are now using the curriculum that emphasizes preventing bad behavior and reinforcing positive behavior. Surveys of students also show the program is changing how students feel about their […]

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Tonight, the Ways and Means Committee will combine education omnibus finance bills

The Minnesota House Senate Ways and Means Committee will convene tonight at 7:30 pm to combine 8 bills into 3 bills…

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