Tag Archives | child well-being

Survey: Fewer young Minnesotans smoking, drinking

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, January 21, 2014 – Fewer young Minnesotans are taking part in risky behaviors than in years past, according to the latest Minnesota Student Survey. Last year, more than 160,000 students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11 took part in the survey, which covered a wide range of topics from smoking, drinking […]

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The Monday after Thanksgiving

Sam Chaltain, Education Week, December 2, 2013 – If you want to really understand what it’s like to be a teacher in American schools today, spend part of today in a public school with high concentrations of students living in poverty. As any teacher will tell you in one of these schools – a growing number, […]

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Annual Study Finds Child Education, Health Improving

Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, July 25, 2012 – Children’s health and education are showing positive signs even in the midst of a dismal economic environment, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual ranking of child well-being, released this morning. The 23rd-annual Kids Count Data Book represents an overhaul of the Baltimore-based group’s historically health-dominated 10 benchmarks. This year […]

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Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district’s budget fix easier than expected

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, June 7, 2012 – The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district’s budget is not quite as tight as expected, thanks to some unexpected savings and school board members’ willingness to dip into $780,000 of cash reserves. Lower-than-expected health care costs and savings on a new busing contract allowed school board members to save several […]

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More Minn. children living in poverty

Conrad Wilson, Minnesota Public Radio, May 31, 2012 – ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Audrey Thayer works with children and families in northern Minnesota who live on the edge of poverty. Many have income that falls below federal poverty guidelines. As a result, there is a constant demand for services. “We’ll get one family up and […]

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Minnesota schools: Financial aid not consistent with needs

Megan Boldt and MaryJo Webster, Pioneer Press, May 27, 2012 – Under Minnesota’s new accountability system, only 42 schools have been identified as “Priority,” or needing special attention. But a Pioneer Press analysis of the data shows at least 71 other schools had similarly low scores but won’t get that label — or help from […]

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Jump in food need has Minnesota schools looking for ways to help

Julie Siple, Minnesota Public Radio, May 7, 2012 – ST. PAUL, Minn. — New data from the Minnesota Department of Education show a growing number of students rely on the federally funded National School Lunch Program. The numbers have school officials looking for ways to ensure that children are well-fed and able to learn — […]

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Analysis: More Minn. students relying on free and reduced lunches

Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio, May 7, 2012 – The number of Minnesota students who rely on free or reduced lunch rose two percent this school year, according to new numbers analyzed by MPR News. That number is one of the best indicators of children in poverty. While it’s not a major increase compared to […]

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Minnesota House OKs teacher layoff rules that drop seniority protection

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, April 26, 2012 – A bill that would end seniority-based teacher layoffs passed through the Republican-led Minnesota House, bringing it one step closer to the desk of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to veto it. The proposal to end the so-called practice of “last in, first out” was approved […]

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A New Take on ‘No Excuses’ — Tackling Poverty to Provide Meaningful Opportunity

John H. Jackson, Huffington Post, April 25, 2012 – We all know that factors related to poverty can limit learning in a number of ways. Lack of quality early-childhood care and education impedes healthy development and kindergarten readiness. Inadequate access to preventive and basic remedial health care substitute sick days and emergency room visits for […]

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