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Minnesota’s school integration funding aims for diversity — and results

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, August 12, 2013 – After spending more than $1 billion trying to create more racial balance in some of Minnesota’s most segregated schools, state education leaders say they have a better way to ensure every student has equal opportunity. The new plan for what’s called “integration funding” focuses on student achievement and […]

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DFLers press revamp of school integration plan

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 12, 2013 – You might know that one of the most hotly anticipated education bills of the current session is the so-called Achievement and Integration for Minnesota legislation, the long-awaited overhaul of the state’s integration revenue program. If you know that much, you probably also know that the old program was widely regarded […]

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State poised to enter a legal danger zone

Katherine Kersten, Star Tribune, June 9, 2012 – Minnesota is heading straight toward a legal buzz saw. Our state faces a looming “educational adequacy” lawsuit that threatens both the quality of our public schools and our cherished tradition of school choice — and may bankrupt the state treasury in the process. Though the suit will […]

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Mike Ciresi on education equity: ‘We’re in it for the long term’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 30, 2012 – Mike Ciresi Mike Ciresi has never been accused of being a quiet man. The most famous of the courtroom victories to come of his four decades as a trial attorney was the $6 billion the tobacco industry paid in 1998 to settle a suit with the state of Minnesota. Before […]

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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 Next June the funding will sunset, but the desegregation rule was not repealed.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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Board approves integration program with nearby districts

Danielle Cintron, St. Cloud Times, April 26, 2012 – The St. Cloud school district’s Integration Equity Plan for 2012-16, which will allow it to continue receiving additional state money for multicultural programs, was approved Thursday. The board also approved the $1,308,226 budget provided by the state for the integration and equity programs. The vote was […]

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Omnibus ed bill: many tweaks, little GOP ideology

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 26, 2012 – CC/Flickr/jtcoleman The omnibus-bill provision with the liveliest back story involves early childhood education. Remember Reform 2.0, Minnesota Republicans’ audacious road map for the legislative session that’s grinding to a halt? Its authors, many of whom are about to go home and start campaigning for re-election, would prefer you didn’t. Last […]

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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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Minnesota integration program overhaul on hold

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, April 21, 2012 – An overhaul of Minnesota’s $108 million school-integration program will not happen this legislative session, leaving supporters worried that the program won’t just be left in limbo but will disappear. State lawmakers formed a task force to retool the funding, set to end in 2014. The report was […]

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Integration funds on uncertain ground

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, April 18, 2012 – The future of integration funding for public schools could be shaky. After an inconclusive House Education Reform Committee hearing Monday, the recommendations made by the Minnesota Department of Education’s Integration Revenue Replacement Task Force may go unheeded before the Integration Revenue Program expires at the end […]

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