Tag Archives | education issues

Turns out monkey bars and kickball might be good for the brain

Christopher Connelly, KERA Unlimited and MPR News, January 3, 2016 LISTEN Story audio 4min 46sec Recess at Eagle Mountain Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, looks much like recess anyplace else. Some kids run and squeal, others swing, while a half-dozen of their peers are bunched up on the slide. Journey Orebaugh, a 6-year-old in an […]

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Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, September 2, 2015 Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post It’s no secret that for some years now, kindergarten, once a time when youngsters spent the day learning through structured play, has become focused on academics, forcing young kids to sit in their chairs working for far longer […]

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Many Minnesota schools show progress closing achievement gap

Tim Post, MPR Education, September 1, 2015 The Minnesota Department of Education released annual school performance data on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Here, students moved through a stairwell on the first day of school at John F. Kennedy Senior High School in Bloomington. Caroline Yang for MPR News Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota schools are on track […]

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High School Graduation Rates Mark Another Record High

Jim Hull, National School Board Association’s Center for Public Education, June 3, 2015   With more than 81 percent of students graduating within four years of entering high school, the Class of 2013 achieved the highest on-time graduation rate in U.S. history, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report. After graduation rates languished in […]

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Dayton’s so-called pout over universal preschool should be called leadership

Wy Spano, MinnPost, May 19, 2015 For Minnesota’s sake, I sure hope Mark Dayton wins this argument. Calling Gov. Mark Dayton’s attempt to introduce the concept of universal preschool into Minnesota a “public pout,” as Doug Grow did in his May 18 MinnPost column (“Why Dayton’s veto threat may pose problems — for Dayton”) is, […]

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K-12 Parent Advocacy Workshop Series; a collaboration between PREP, YMCA, Minneapolis Public Schools

School Discipline and Grievance Procedures. See workshop series calendar in English and Spanish.

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Gov. Dayton’s education policy bill calls for fewer tests

MSBA, At the Capitol, March 12, 2015 This week both the Senate Education Committee and the House Education Innovation Policy Committee reviewed Gov. Mark Dayton’s education policy proposal (SF 1495 | HF 1591). The bill’s testing-reduction provisions garnered the most attention. The bill would overall eliminate seven out of the 21 tests that students are required to take from grades 3 to 12. The proposal would eliminate: […]

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Minnesota graduation rates are up, but 2020 goal will be a steep climb

Alejandro Matos and Jessica Less , Star Tribune, February 25, 2015  Steady gains for struggling metropolitan school districts and significant improvement among students of color were reported. Minnesota high school graduation rates edged up last year, with steady gains in struggling metropolitan districts and significant improvement among students of color. More than 81 percent of public […]

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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Christopher Chase, Creative by Nature, February 21, 2015 “The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing…it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning […]

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Lack of school counselors give state a low rating

Julia Van Susteren, Hibbing Daily Tribune, February 10, 2015 ST. PAUL — While Minnesota regularly ranks high on national standards of health and happiness, the state ranks low in a critical area of its education. On average, there is only one school counselor per 792 students, a ratio which puts Minnesota at 48th in the […]

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