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Fate of Minnesota schools’ integration aid hangs in limbo

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, April 16, 2012 – Lawmakers’ dispute over how to use $108M may jeopardize funds. $108 million Integration aid to about 137 schools in the state is at stake. The program that authorizes the assistance expires at the end of next year. A task force’s recommendations that could determine how Minnesota schools spend […]

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Partisan games keep citizens out of Minnesota integration debate

Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 13, 2012 – Susan Larson has two sons who attended the East Metro Integration District school Crosswinds. Her sons thrived there, she said, in part because of a school focus on integration. Larson planned to testify about her experience at the long-awaited House hearing onstate integration funding. Her kids’ school […]

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Bullying data, an integration hearing, and a U bioethics update

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 12, 2012 – MinnPost photo by James Nord Rep. Pat Garofalo’s Education Finance Committee has finally scheduled hearings on the Integration Task Force’s findings. Today, Your Humble Blogger is offering up several slight items of note, in part because she needs to spend a little time prepping for tonight’s MinnPost Asks […]

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Still no hearing on integration, despite bipartisan recommendations

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 10, 2012 – “Greiling’s pleasure at learning that the issue would finally be taken up was short-lived. When she opened her datebook to pencil in the date she realized the hearing would take place at the same time she was scheduled to receive an award for her life-long education advocacy work […]

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Education omnibus bill unveiled

Erin Schmidtke, Session Weekly, March 30, 2012 – A bill that would expand high school students’ opportunities to take college courses through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options program advanced in the House after receiving committee approval. The House Education Finance Committee approved HF2949 March 27. It now awaits action by the full House.Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) sponsors SF2482, the companion […]

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Second omnibus education bill unveiled

Erin Schmidtke, Session Daily, March 27, 2012 – A second education omnibus bill has advanced in the House after receiving committee approval. The House Education Finance Committee sent HF2949 to the House Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) sponsors SF2482, the companion that awaits action by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. Sponsored by Committee Chairman Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), […]

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Forecasts, integration aid, vouchers… Update for March 2

This Week at the Capitol – February 27-March 2, 2012 Save the Date! Monday morning, April 16 Parents United’s 10th Annual Parent Leadership Summit Registration available March 7 Budget forecasts On Wednesday the state’s February budget forecast, a $323 million surplus, was announced. The state’s last forecast, in November, showed an $800+ million surplus that […]

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Integration issue stalls at Capitol, BlueSky to stay open — and more

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, February 29, 2012 – “I’ve never heard of the Department of Education making a proposal based on recommendations made by a task force appointed by the Legislature. There has been not one request — nothing — from either the Senate or the House to have any testimony from any member of the […]

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Minnesota’s integration program supported by religious leaders

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, February 28, 2012 – A group of religious leaders and activists are urging state lawmakers to revamp Minnesota’s $108 million integration program for schools. ISAIAH, a coalition of 90 congregations that work on racial and economic justice issues, said Tuesday that it wants the Legislature to act on recommendations passed this […]

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Overhaul of Minnesota school integration in limbo

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, February 24, 2012 – A push to overhaul Minnesota’s $108 million school racial integration program has run into a packed legislative agenda – and some murkiness over the next steps. This month, a task force appointed by the state education commissioner and the Legislature issued reform recommendations: The state should clearly […]

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