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Minnesota’s early learning efforts get national forum

Chuck Slocum, Star Tribune, November 3, 2013 – I recently attended a birthday party to celebrate and honor 40 years of service by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Truth be told, I think I was a last-minute invite because Edelman knew I was a Republican businessman who has been working on early […]

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Program helps African-American children learn and parents advocate

Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, July 17, 2013 – African-American books and art line the walls. Soft chairs beckon readers to sit a bit. Yet more than a welcoming place, supporters say, the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) is the launching pad to a better life. Children enrolled in their programs do better in school. […]

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Learning Buddies work one-on-one with Dakota County kids to ensure they reach benchmarks

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, June 18, 2013 – If this were your run-of-the-mill feature story about a program that matches older adults with time and talent with classrooms full of inquisitive youngsters, you’d be forgiven for thinking you know the rest. How sweet for both generations, you might think, imagining grandparents narrating picture books. This is not that […]

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School budget cuts less painful than in the past

Meghan Gutzwiller, Monticello Times, May 10, 2012 – Superintendent Jim Johnson revealed the school district’s budget adjustment plan for fiscal year 2013 Monday evening, and the $350,000 budget reduction proved to be less of a daunting challenge than the budgets of recent past. “We’ve taken a little bit of a different approach to this and […]

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Commissioner Cassellius: Education reform

Brenda Cassellius, Star Tribune, March 10, 2012 – We’ve made good changes, and there’s no need to force bad ones. When it comes to education, we all want what is best for our children. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Minnesota who does not agree. No one wants to see children fail in […]

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Farewells at the Capitol

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, March 10, 2012 – Among those who have left or are leaving are legislators who care more about results than credit — which brings us to education. The 2012 legislative session is a little past half spent. But the Capitol already has that good-bye feeling. That sense arrives early in a […]

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Two Minn. school districts awarded literacy grants

Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio, March 3, 2012 – ST. PAUL, Minn. — The McKnight Foundation has awarded $6 million in grant money to improve literacy efforts at two Minnesota school districts. The funds will be split between the Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis districts. The programs will focus on students between pre-kindergarten and third grade, […]

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Shifts 101: What new proposals would mean for Minnesota’s schools

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, July 7, 2011 – Back in the kinder, gentler era otherwise known as February, Gov. Mark Dayton released a proposed education budget that didn’t include much new money, but did offer something school administrators prize almost as much: A definite end to the practice of balancing the budget by delaying aid payments. […]

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Myhra wants students reading at grade level before advancing

John Gessner, Thisweek Newspapers, May 19, 2011 – Bill language softened to give parents final say in advancing substandard readers from 3rd grade to 4th Research is clear, says state Rep. Pam Myhra – if students are substandard readers at the end of third grade, their chances of school success plummet. The freshman Republican from […]

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No fourth grade without adequate reading skills

Kris Berggren, Session Daily, April 26, 2011 – A Florida plan promoting grade-level reading by the end of third grade – including retaining students in that grade instead of moving them on if they aren’t proficient in reading – could become law in Minnesota too. Rep. Pam Myhra (R-Burnsville) sponsors HF1487, which would direct school […]

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