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Minnesota: Many students fail math grad exam – but still graduate

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, July 21, 2012 – Thousands of freshly minted Minnesota high school graduates wouldn’t have gotten a diploma this year without a waiver from the state because they repeatedly failed Minnesota’s math requirement. In some districts, as many as one-third of seniors wouldn’t have graduated because they didn’t pass the mathematics graduation test. […]

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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 Next June the funding will sunset, but the desegregation rule was not repealed.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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Waiting for the governor’s final grade

Erin Schmidtke, Session Weekly, April 27, 2012 – Changes related to veteran’s military pay, postsecondary enrollment options and payment to teachers charged with a felony are awaiting gubernatorial approval. Sponsored by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) and Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista), the bill would require school districts to pay employee salary differential to those who have been deployed in the […]

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Owatonna school board approves cuts

Derek Sullivan, Owatonna People’s Press, April 11, 2012 – OWATONNA — After a 40-minute discussion that included a motion by K.J. Wall to withdraw proposed staff cuts in the music and gifted and talented programs from the district’s proposals, five Owatonna school board members approved $1.8 million in budget cuts. Board members Vilnis Giga and […]

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English on the budget chopping block in Owatonna schools

Derek Sullivan, Owatonna People’s Press, April 10, 2012 – OWATONNA — After two public forums and a study session, the Owatonna school board finally will vote for or against proposed budget cuts — and the ax may come down the heaviest on the district’s English departments. The Owatonna school board will meet at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday […]

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Charter school grad requirements

Erin Schmidtke, Session Weekly, March 23, 2012 – Charter schools that teach a high number of struggling pupils could be exempted from some requirements in Minnesota’s No Child Left Behind waiver. Rep. Kelby Woodard (R-Belle Plaine) sponsors a bill that would group qualifying charter schools with alternative learning centers, which teach students who have difficulty learning […]

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Education bills: Crunch time at the Capitol

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 21, 2012 – Friday is the second of three deadlines for state lawmakers to figure out which bills will pass out of the committees into which they were born and onto the floors of the House and Senate. It’s crunch time in St. Paul. Friday is the second of three deadlines […]

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Board tinkers with budget-cutting measures

Derek Sullivan, Owatonna People’s Press, March 12, 2012 – Hundreds of district residents attended Monday’s meeting of the Owatonna school board, with many opting to share their thoughts on proposed budget cuts under consideration by the board. (Derek Sullivan/People’s Press) OWATONNA — Owatonna school superintendent Tom Tapper and the Owatonna school board made some modifications […]

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Board will take public input on cuts

Derek Sullivan, Owatonna People’s Press, March 10, 2012 – OWATONNA — A crowd numbering in the hundreds is expected when the Owatonna school board gathers Monday evening to consider, and perhaps vote upon, a budget-cutting proposal that would slash $1.8 million from the district’s budget for fiscal year 2013. So large is the expected crowd […]

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Public questions remedies to district budget woes

Derek Sullivan , Owatonna People’s Press, February 28, 2012 – OWATONNA — While district administrators and school board members discussed changes for the upcoming school year during an Owatonna school board meeting Monday night, the thing that seemed to be on the minds of those in attendance — teachers, students and residents — was a […]

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