Tag Archives | career and college ready

Minnesota needs more vocational students to build the future, leaders say

Alex Friedrich, Minnesota Public Radio, April 2, 2014 – After years of urging students to go to college for four years, Minnesota’s education leaders are rethinking that push for a bachelor’s degree. More vocational education, they say, just might be the ticket for the state’s work force. Over the past two years, state officials have rolled […]

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Watching something big – Update for March 14, 2014

Two words describe this week at the Capitol: LOUD and ANXIOUS. The halls were overflowing with constituents, visitors, lobbyists and advocates all wanting to hear or be heard. And anxiety has been palpable because everyone is waiting for the House to announce targets*. While this isn’t a funding year, there are certainly unmet needs for […]

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Taking action to close the workforce skills gap

Sarah Caruso and Inez Wildwood, Star Tribune, Business Forum, April 7, 2013 – We’re proud to call ourselves Minnesotans because our state has long defined itself by three things: a strong work ethic, a dedication to education and a high quality of life. Our historic prosperity is a result of being one of the most highly […]

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MUL’s 13th Grade Initiative gains traction: Bill Passes Senate, On to House

Insight News, March 26, 2013 – The 13th Grade Initiative, authored by the Minneapolis Urban League was adopted by the Minnesota Senate last week at the State Capitol. Co-sponsored and presented by Senator Jeff Hayden (D-SD 62), the bill was unanimously adopted by the Senate Education Committee last Wednesday. The 13th Grade initiative is a […]

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High school dropouts: Should we let them go?

Emily Kaiser, Minnesota Public Radio, November 5, 2012 – During a Friday Roundtable discussion last month, former Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell theorized on what could be done to tackle the number of high school dropouts, especially minorities in inner-city schools. Bell’s idea: Let them go. In other words, if a kid is failing and truly doesn’t […]

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Minnesota hopes to improve college readiness among high school students

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, July 7, 2012 – After decades of spending millions a year to teach thousands of college students skills they should have learned in high school, Minnesota’s institutions of public education are moving toward an overhaul to improve college readiness. In 2010, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities spent $30 million teaching remedial […]

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Imagine new paths for grades 11-14

Star Tribune Editorial, June 25, 2012 – State education leaders seek to blur high school/college line. THE FEDERAL VIEW “There are too many ways that students don’t stay on track (in high school). … There are too many gaps in the system. We’re not aligning K-12 and higher education in the way that we’re going […]

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Education equity helps Minnesota students

Vina Kay, Star Tribune Counterpoint, June 13, 2012 – We must be mindful of race if we hope to address disparities. We wish to offer some clarity in the storm of hysteria the “danger zone” piece tried to stir up. The Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, cited as working with the Minnesota Department of Education to […]

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Attacking ‘aspiration gap’ helps catapult new names to top-high-schools list

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 16, 2012 – After a three-year hiatus, U.S. News & World Report has again ranked the nation’s besthigh schools. Minneapolis’s Southwest is again Minnesota’s top-scoring program, showing up at No. 163 nationally, followed closely by Edina, No. 234. The state’s other perennial “best,” St. Louis Park (363) was edged out of third place byMahtomedi Senior High (247). I know: […]

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Join U.S. Senator Al Franken’s Staff at a College Affordability Resource Night event – Winona, Stillwater, Brainerd, Duluth, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Saint Cloud, Marshall, Saint Paul – May 7-22, 2012

Join U.S. Senator Al Franken’s Staff At a College Affordability Resource Night event Navigating the process for paying for college can be incredibly complicated. From applying to schools, determining how much each school will cost, filling out the FAFSA, understanding financial aid packages, and then ultimately paying for post secondary education, the process can be […]

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