Tag Archives | online learning

[Dassel-Cokato] School Board approves first digital learning curriculum

Jennifer Kotila, Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch, June 4, 2012 – DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Teachers Brian Johnson and Amy Schultz, and curriculum director Lorene Force presented the scope and sequence for ninth through 12th grade English, which was approved by the Dassel-Cokato School Board, at the meeting May 24. This will be the first group to use […]

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Tracking a bill toward becoming law: the graduate edition

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 31, 2012 – ♫ Well, now I’m stuck in committee// And I’ll sit here and wait ♫ As a kid, I was a big fan of “Schoolhouse Rock.” You know, those animated shorts that aired during afternoon television that set social studies factoids, math equations and grammar rules to music. Cartoon […]

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Minnesota’s Scantron becomes latest ed-related firm to quit ALEC

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 29, 2012 – Last week, Minnesota-based Scantron became the 15th corporation to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in recent weeks. Headquartered in Eagan, the $200 million testing and online education provider is best known for creating and scoring the fill-in-the-bubble test answer forms that are the springtime bane of school children pretty […]

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How ALEC Gets Real Tax Dollars for Fake Schools

Jason Stanford, Huffington Post, May 29, 2012 – A recent question on a standardized test in New York State seemed to set the bar for stupidity in education reform. Schoolchildren were asked to imagine a race between a talking pineapple and a rabbit and were asked why the spectators ate the pineapple and which animal was the […]

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Report: More students taking science, math

Christine Armario, Associated Press, Minnesota Public Radio, May 24, 2012 – MIAMI (AP) — More high school students are enrolling in math and science classes and seeking online learning opportunities. Fewer want or are able to find jobs while in school. Those are just some of the changes under way at the nation’s high schools […]

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Houston School Board addresses auditor’s report

Edie Grossfield, Rochester Post-Bulletin, May 16, 2012 – The leader of a group of Houston public schools constituents has asked the Houston County attorney to take legal action against two former administrators and a sitting school board member for allegedly stealing money from the district. Kevin Kelleher, a former director of the Houston school district’s […]

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District’s online sessions target ‘summer slide’

Maria Elena Baca, Star Tribune, May 12, 2012 – Anoka-Hennepin’s pilot program is for sixth-graders. Anoka-Hennepin educators are determined to put a stopper in summer brain drain. During the three-month break, students from all achievement levels routinely forget some of what they’ve learned, said Ellen Delaney, the district’s director of secondary curriculum assessment and instruction. […]

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On Pearson and Pineapplegate: Kids & future teachers challenge critical tests

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 8, 2012 – Hare photo: CC/Flickr/chrischapman. Pineapple: CC/Flickr/jkivinen The latest controversy in evaluation centers around a story about a race between a hare and a pineapple. Every once in a while the storytelling gods pry open a crevice in what is otherwise a crucial but deadly dull policy debate and, like […]

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What ALEC bills might we see next session?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 30, 2012 – Photo Copyright © TransCanada Corporation. All rights reserved. Among ALEC’s legislative priorities for next year may be an easing of restrictions on pipeline construction. Today, lawmakers are struggling mightily to bring the current legislative session to an end. While they do so, let’s take a look ahead to […]

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Cut-and-paste is no way to ‘write’ new laws

Paul John Scott, Rochester Post-Bulletin Opinion, April 28, 2012 – This fall, Minnesota voters will get to decide on a constitutional amendment that would require would-be voters to show a photo ID. You probably knew that already. But there’s something you might not have known, and that is that the bill very likely did not […]

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