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Years of Education Funding Shifts Nothing to Be Proud Of

John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020, May 18, 2010 – There’s one word to describe the lack of education funding in Minnesota: Corrosive. On Monday, lawmakers and Gov. Pawlenty agreed to “shift” 70 percent of state aid to schools until next year, meaning districts have less to spend than they thought when they prepared their budgets for […]

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Mayors, school leaders decry GOP education bill

Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio, May 12, 2011 – St. Paul, Minn. — Mayors and superintendents from three of Minnesota’s largest school districts are criticizing a Republican-sponsored education bill moving through the Legislature. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth have a disproportionate number of the state’s English language learners, and city leaders say the bill would […]

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City, urban school leaders rip K-12 proposal

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, May 12, 2011 – Republicans have softened some proposed K-12 education cuts affecting Minnesota’s large cities, but leaders from St. Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth made it clear Thursday that they still feel they’ve got a target on their backs. The education finance bill — agreed to in conference committee Tuesday – […]

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Formidable group tapped to tackle Minnesota’s education funding issues

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 23, 2011 – If ever there was a group that could graft wings onto pigs, wrest sabers from boulders and mix up a kettle of stone soup to boot, Gov. Mark Dayton may have just assembled it. In keeping with the seven-point education plan he announced last month, yesterday state Education […]

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Commissioner Cassellius Appoints Members to Education Finance Working Group – March 22, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Charlene Briner (651) 582-1145 Click here for up-to-date information on the work of the Commissioner’s Education Finance Working Group. Bi-partisan panel will be charged with making recommendations for school finance reform by early June (Roseville, MN) –Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has named members to serve on an Education Finance Working Group […]

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March 8, 2011 – Local Education Leader Invited to National Stage

St. Paul, MN — Mary Cecconi, executive director of Parents United for Public Schools, has been invited to participate in a meeting of education leaders from the Midwest. The forum, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and held in New York City March 15-16, is specifically designed to ensure the public school stakeholders from the Midwest […]

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New ways to assess teachers unfolding

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, January 23, 2011 – More scrutiny — and more support — is catching on A band of watchful adults descended on Rachel Hansen’s seventh-grade math class in South St. Paul this month. Butch Moening, the secondary principal, scanned students’ faces for the glow of understanding. He peered at homework over their […]

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Parents footing bill for teachers

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, December 26, 2010 – Tight budgets force fundraising for salaries A larger-than-expected crop of third-graders showed up at Rosemount’s Shannon Park Elementary last school year — and with it, the specter of 32-student classes. So, Principal Michael Guthrie appealed to his school’s site council, a parent group that raises tens of […]

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Craig Roen: Schooling the next governor on education

Craig M. Roen, Star Tribune, September 19, 2010 – We need to find stable funding and look to experts no matter their politics. In 20 years, will Minnesota’s public school system be among the best in the world, or will it be an also-ran? In 20 years, will Minnesota’s next governor be remembered as a […]

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Smith: Age-old wisdom on public education

Dane Smith, St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report, June 09, 2010 – 10 great quotes to inspire a renewal of investment in education Who said this? “The legislator should direct his attention above all to the education of youth.” Let’s deduce. It’s post-democracy, obviously, and no doubt American, given the responsibility delegated mostly to states […]

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