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Brynaert used softer style to help reform school testing: Mankato legislator retiring after eight years in House

Dan Linehan, Mankato Free Press, October 4, 2014 When Kathy Brynaert joined the Minnesota House, in 2007, she experienced something of a culture shock. Accustomed to working on a seven-member school board that largely collaborated, Brynaert found herself among 134 representatives trying to sort out a recent power transition. Democrats had taken control of the […]

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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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‘Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track’

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, April 24, 2012 – This is the text of an open letter written to President Obama by Mary Broderick, president of the Arlington, Va.,-based National School Boards Association, a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts. The letter, sent earlier this month to the president, asks for a national dialogue […]

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Like never before, teachers under scrutiny

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, March 25, 2012 – From evaluations to seniority changes to basic-skills tests, educators face unprecedented pressure to measure up. Sarah Johnson’s work begins long before the school bell rings. First up is a meeting with a fellow teacher to talk about how a lesson was paced. Did you finish before the […]

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Simon Says: Minnesota research focuses on helping homeless kids learn

Simon Says: Minnesota research focuses on helping homeless kids learn Sunday, January 29, 2012 12:00 AM Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet Kindergarten teachers call it sitting still in a circle or waiting in line; researchers call it executive function. It’s what keeps you here reading this article, instead of checking Facebook or rolling off […]

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Minneapolis, St. Paul schools: Learning what not to do from NCLB tutoring program

Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet, December 12, 2011 – © Dmitriy Syechin – Fotolia.com Minnesota’s No Child Left Behind waiver application is in, and school districts are positioning nails over the coffins of some of the legislation’s onerous requirements. One target: a federally required tutoring program. The program pays up to $85 an hour for tutoring […]

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Accountability and the Achievement Gap

Bruce Johansen, Twin Cities Daily Planet, November 1, 2011 – Those promoting accountability as the best way to close the “achievement gap,” focus their sights on what they identify as educational reforms. With Republicans in control of the legislature, and Reps. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton), Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), and Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) in leadership positions, […]

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Study questions seniority-based teacher layoffs

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press (Minnesota Public Radio), December 23, 2010 – SEATTLE (AP) – A study of Washington state teachers has found that deciding layoffs based solely on which teachers have the least seniority has a significant impact on students’ ability to learn, adding to a growing chorus calling for schools to take a […]

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Craig Roen: Schooling the next governor on education

Craig M. Roen, Star Tribune, September 19, 2010 – We need to find stable funding and look to experts no matter their politics. In 20 years, will Minnesota’s public school system be among the best in the world, or will it be an also-ran? In 20 years, will Minnesota’s next governor be remembered as a […]

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Building a Better Teacher

Elizabeth Green, New York Times, March 2, 2010 – ON A WINTER DAY five years ago, Doug Lemov realized he had a problem. After a successful career as a teacher, a principal and a charter-school founder, he was working as a consultant, hired by troubled schools eager — desperate, in some cases — for Lemov […]

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