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After $79 million spending boost, Minnesota preschool push continues

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, Nov 24, 2015   The push for expanded preschool funding didn’t end in June when the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up a special session by agreeing on a $79 million spending boost. For Gov. Mark Dayton, who says giving families widely expanded access to preschool is a top priority of his final years […]

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The elements of an E-12 deal for Minnesota are present

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, May 23, 2015 The School Readiness program could be the catalyst in special-session discussions. We’ll get to the Legislature’s impending special session in a moment. First, a Perpich story: It was September 1985, and my reporting assignment involved traipsing around the state with DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich. It wasn’t easy for […]

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Minnesota Legislature: GOP, DFLers reveal top bills

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, January 8, 2013 Minnesota House Republicans and Senate Democrats released an assortment of legislative ideas Thursday that have potential for both conflict and compromise. House Republicans, in their newly won majority, have proposed five bills to start the legislative session. They include cutting business taxes; making teacher evaluations part of decisions […]

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Northside Achievement Zone report finds longer enrollment boosts academic success

Sasha Aslanian, MPR News, Dec 12, 2014 Listen: 4min 5sec An ambitious effort to improve the academic performance of children in north Minneapolis is helping some students in the younger grades make gains, according to a recent assessment of the program. Wilder Research has found that the longer children are enrolled in the Northside Achievement […]

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What’s the Point of Teaching Math in Preschool?

Drew H. Bailey, The Brown Center Chalkboard, November 13, 2014 Twenty years ago few preschools (or parents, for that matter), paid much attention to teaching mathematics to four-year-olds.  In 1998, for example, only four percent of a nationally representative sample of American children entering kindergarten could add or subtract.  Today, math is firmly entrenched in […]

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