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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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Senate committee tables Edina-Hopkins school district boundary bill

T.W. Budig, ECM Publishers, April 26, 2012 – With scant days left in the legislative session, the focus by Edina Parkwood Knolls residents to join the Edina School District may have shifted from the State Capitol back to the local school districts. About 400 Parkwood Knolls families are seeking to have their neighborhood, currently part […]

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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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Legislature takes more pointed look at education policies

Jeanne Poppe, Austin Daily Herald, March 10, 2012 – The Minnesota Constitution gives the state legislature the responsibility of establishing a “general and uniform system of public schools” throughout the state. This duty includes sufficiently funding a “thorough and efficient system of public schools.” These important words written in our state Constitution establishes a fundamental […]

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Fewer Options for Greater Minnesota

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 7, 2012 – The past few weeks have seen a major legislative battle in Saint Paul about teacher seniority and school layoffs. The proposed policy, spearheaded by the same legislators happy to cut school funding at any opportunity, would replace seniority with an undeveloped, unproven evaluation system when schools are […]

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 7, 2012 – A school district grapples with a decreased budget. It’s got 60,000 students spread between 80 schools (including 11 charter schools). In recent years, it’s looked into a voucher program and brought a significant focus on assessment and teacher evaluation. At the same time, it’s well-regarded for its […]

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Chasing a Bill – Update for Feb. 24

This Week at the Capitol – February 20-24, 2012 Chasing a bill: Parents made their voices heard This week was spent chasing a bill! Seeing that HF1858 (a bill requiring school district operating referenda to be held only in even-numbered years) was scheduled to be heard Wednesday in K12 Education Finance, parents called and emailed […]

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Early school start proposed for oft-flooded communities

Erin Schmidtke, Session Daily, February 9, 2012 – Neighborhoods turn to islands during the annual flooding of the Red River in northwestern Minnesota. That means big problems for everyone, including educators and students. The flooding can impact the school calendar, forcing teachers to keep students in the classroom into the summer to ensure they stay […]

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Local leaders ask state for more flexibility

Dave Peters, Minnesota Public Radio, January 23, 2012 – Leaders from Minnesota’s cities, counties and school districts have banded together to plead for more flexibility from the state to let them try new ways of delivering local services. The three main organizations that represent local governments in the state released a report today that health […]

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Garofalo proposes all school levy referendums be held in even-year elections – November 2, 2011

Garofalo proposes all school levy referendums be held in even-year elections – November 2, 2011 NEWS RELEASE Minnesota School Boards Association Contact: Greg Abbott, Director of Communications 1900 W. Jefferson Ave. St. Peter, MN  56082 Phone: 507.934.8133 General Elections have higher turnout, higher public involvement ST. PAUL – Minnesota House Education Finance Committee Chairman Pat […]

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