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Minnesota: Language as asset

Pioneer Press Editorial, April 22, 2014 – The growing numbers of multilingual students — often otherwise known as “English language learners” — in Minnesota schools are getting attention from educators and lawmakers. It’s the result of thoughtful public policy about the students’ future — and Minnesota’s. “We need every one of our English language learners to […]

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LEAPs Act calls for sea change in thinking about language skills and teaching

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 16, 2014 – Right now, the fate of Minnesota children who are learning English depends on where and how they end up in school. The least fortunate languish, falling years behind in classrooms where lessons are spooled out in a language they can’t understand. Because conventional wisdom has held that students must […]

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Usual education allies could be put at odds as House, Senate prepare to reconcile priorities

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 15, 2014 – If it weren’t for the anxiety dreams, Minnesota’s education advocates might actually be enjoying spring break. After all, the DFL controls both legislative chambers and the executive branch, there’s a budget surplus —  and threats of a final snow flurry notwithstanding, the sun has been out. Too bad, then, […]

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Minnesota surge in bilingual students calling for teaching shift

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, April 12, 2014 – Spanish teacher Javier Blazquez was tired of seeing Hispanic students’ bilingual abilities languish, so he found a way to challenge them. The Burnsville High School instructor created his Spanish-for-native-speakers class for those students who grew up speaking the language at home with the aim of improving their writing […]

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Dayton signs anti-bullying bill; WAPS leaders in support, Winona teacher on hand for ceremony

Abby Eisenberg, Winona Daily News, April 10, 2014 – Winona Senior High School teacher Lora Hill doesn’t understand any of the opposition to Minnesota’s new anti-bullying law. “Kids do not learn when they don’t feel safe,” she said — that simple. Hill joined a group of students, parents and educators in St. Paul on Wednesday as […]

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Dayton signs anti-bullying bill

Kim McGuire and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune, April 10, 2014 – Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed a bullying-prevention bill into law, creating a tough new set of rules for Minnesota schools to follow to protect students from being tormented by classmates. The Safe and Supportive Schools Act replaced a 37-word anti-bullying law that was widely considered […]

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After marathon House debate, school-bullying bill goes to Dayton

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, April 9, 2014 – After nearly 12 hours of impassioned objections by Republicans, the DFL-controlled House sent an overhaul of Minnesota’s bullying-prevention law to Gov. Mark Dayton early Wednesday morning. GOP lawmakers acknowledged from the start of the debate at 1 p.m. Tuesday that House DFLers had the votes to pass the […]

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GOP legislators cite many objections, but anti-bullying bill finally passes Senate

Doug Grow, MinnPost, April 4, 2014 – Passing an anti-bullying measure in Minnesota wasn’t easy. In 2009, a bill did make it through the Legislature, only to be vetoed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Last year, an anti-bullying bill was passed in the House but died on the floor of the Senate in the final hours of […]

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Minn. Senate passes anti-bullying bill

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, April 3, 2014 – The Minnesota Senate has passed an anti-bullying bill on a 36-to-31 vote after nearly six hours of debate. After failing to win enough support for passage of his anti-bullying bill last year, DFL Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis tweaked the legislation before bringing it back this year. […]

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Minnesota Senate takes up bullying bill today

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, April 2, 2014 – A bullying prevention bill, altered after it stalled in the Legislature last year, appears headed for a vote in the Senate on Thursday. The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, sponsored by state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, is expected to be debated during a noon floor session. The […]

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