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Why kindergarten matters: Schools say early absenteeism compounds problems later

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, September 10, 2012 – In a classroom awash with morning sunlight, 25 kindergartners at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis recently worked on a self-portrait of sorts. Teacher Kilee Chistnagel gave the students paper plates, a few markers and some yarn — for hair, of course. Soon these 5-year-olds will start to tackle […]

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Le Sueur High selected for national network

Amanda Dyslin, Mankato Free Press, July 24, 2012 – LE SUEUR — Le Sueur-Henderson High School is taking a new approach to teaching, focusing on each student’s needs and less on test scores, said Principal Kevin Enerson. The high school has been selected to participate in the prestigious National Network of Schools Educating the Whole Child, […]

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Our unchallenged students

Esther Cepeda, Washington Post (StarTribune), July 16, 2012 – You probably laughed at a recent report saying many students believe their schools are not sufficiently challenging them. Here’s what you should know. If you live in an affluent community with a high performing school district and are familiar with the pressure-cooker environment of endless test-prepping, […]

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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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Delano Schools preview 2012-13 budget

Susan Van Cleaf, MN Sun Newspapers, May 30, 2012 – The Delano School Board, Monday, May 21, looked at the preliminary 2012-13 budget, which includes a $342,306 general fund deficit that will be covered by reserves. The board took up other business as well. Here are some meeting highlights. PRELIMINARY BUDGET Superintendent of Schools John […]

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The math-and-science chant is flawed

Llewellyn King, Hearst Newspapers (Star Tribune), May 24, 2012 – Here is a plea: Save the children. Save them from being harassed by the best intentioned and most visible public figures. Please stop haranguing them about “math and science.” Math and science are not the same thing; related, yes, identical, no. Math intimidates a lot […]

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Board discovers new deficit

Liala Helal, International Falls Journal, May 23, 2012 – The International Falls School Board Monday learned details of a new projected budget deficit for the district. The projected budget shortfall is nearly $400,000 total — about $219,000 for this school year, and an additional $181,000 for the 2012-13 school year. The news comes less than […]

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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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A poor grade on education for lawmakers

Star Tribune Editorial, May 15, 2012 – Lawmakers didn’t make much progress on education reform. ONE CONCERN “Our members are really worried about integration aid — just about every one of our metro school districts receive those funds. Next June the funding will sunset, but the desegregation rule was not repealed. Will it turn into […]

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Advanced placement surges as tool for raising school standards

Justin Pope, Associated Press, Minnesota Public Radio – May 6, 2012 Not long ago, Advanced Placement exams were mostly for top students looking to challenge themselves and get a head start on college credit. Not anymore. In the next two weeks, 2 million students will take 3.7 million end-of-year AP exams — figures well over double […]

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