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Sequestration cuts about 1,000 children from Head Start in Minnesota

Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, August 23, 2013 – That low, plaintive sound you hear is the sound of early learning advocates across the state lamenting cuts in the federal Head Start program. And that high-pitched tweet from Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota signals a widespread call to action: “Call your congressperson and say #BeCarefulWhatYouCut.” Nearly 1,000 Minnesota children from low-income […]

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Parent Aware for School Readiness gives Minnesota B+ for early-ed progress

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 13, 2013 – Talk about grading on a curve. In the space of two years, Minnesota creates a statewide system for measuring quality in pre-K programs, a mechanism for steering its neediest kids toward the best and money to begin paying for it all, and advocates award it a B+? On Monday, […]

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An education secretary’s view of Minnesota

Arne Duncan, Star Tribune Commmentary, July 20, 2013 – The best ideas to put children on a path to school success rarely come from Washington, D.C. President Obama has put forward a plan to make high-quality preschool affordable for all children — a vital step in putting young people on a path to a thriving middle […]

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Early education: Money well-spent

Star Tribune Editorial, July 18, 2013 – Is spending on the nation’s littlest learners an investment or an expense? During a visit to Minnesota this week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a panel of Minnesotans repeatedly and rightly called it an investment. The group — representing business, education, foundations, the military and the faith community — reiterated […]

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Arne Duncan promotes Preschool for All to close ‘opportunity gap’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, July 16, 2013 – Pity Arne Duncan. No matter the news he’s come to share, whenever the U.S. secretary of education sets foot in Minnesota he’s somehow upstaged by a local. In Bloomington Tuesday morning to promote a White House proposal that could funnel nearly $39 million to Minnesota preschoolers, Duncan drew a […]

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Will $23 million in early education scholarships be enough?

Sheila Regan, Twin Cities Daily Planet, July 6, 2013 – When early education scholarships became available last fall in Minnesota, the $2 million in funds were used up within one month. Thanks to new legislation spearheaded by Governor Dayton, $23 million will be available for the 2014 fiscal year. “It will be interesting to see the effect of […]

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Schools scramble to meet demand for all-day K, preschool

Christopher Magan and MaryJo Webster, Pioneer Press, June 1, 2013 – Kindergarten teacher Jonalyn Lippka has some advice for her colleagues who soon will be spending more time with the youngest learners. “You have to go slow to go fast,” said Lippka of the need for a deliberate pace and repetitive teaching for young students. “There […]

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The Power of Talking to Your Baby

Tina Rosenberg, New York Times Commentary, April 10, 2013 – By the time a poor child is 1 year old, she has most likely already fallen behind middle-class children in her ability to talk, understand and learn. The gap between poor children and wealthier ones widens each year, and by high school it has become a […]

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What the Civil War wrought in Minnesota

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, March 30, 2013 – Halvor Quie was an exception among the Minnesotans who answered the Union Army call in 1861, and not just because he was a Norwegian immigrant in a state then dominated by New England Yankees. The 27-year-old bachelor farmer from Dennison hated slavery, relates his grandson, Al Quie, Minnesota’s […]

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Ed. commissioner tours, talks in Marshall

Jenny Kirk , Marshall Independent, March 26, 2013 – Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius paid a visit to Marshall on Monday, to not only share Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget of $640 million for education in Minnesota but also engage in conversations about key investments, such as early childhood and all-day kindergarten funding, with area […]

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