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Despite what may look like increases, school aid has slumped

Despite Recent Increases, School Aid Remains Well Below FY 2003 Level

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Tensions are high as session winds down

As we think about what is and is not included in omnibus bills for education this session, it is important to consider what else the state needs to fund. The Star Tribune writes about tensions rising among lawmakers as the session’s end draws closer.

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Four things you need to know about Minnesota’s special session

Mary Turck, News Day blog, May 28, 2015 In the Minnesota special session, the legislature will decide on school funding (including teacher lay-offs and pre-K classes), water quality (including totally deregulating mining pollution and de-funding other anti-pollution measures), and whether to allow seed companies to tell lies on labels, among other issues. Anything there that […]

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Area schools say state funding bills fall short

Kevin Allenspach, Kirsti Marohn and David Unze, St. Cloud Times, May 12, 2015 (Photo: Kimm Anderson, kanderson@stcloudtimes.com) If ever there was a year that state education funding would see a significant increase, St. Cloud-area school leaders thought this would be it. With a budget surplus of almost $1.9 billion, school officials thought surely state lawmakers […]

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School Funding is a Warm Sweater

I was recently standing around the printer for teacher’s use at my son’s public elementary school, waiting for my Lego League rules to print. In the 23 minutes I waited, 9 teachers popped in and out to see if their print job was done. “Yes,” they agreed. Printing and copying in this building is under-resourced […]

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Billion dollar surplus anticipated for new biennium

Mike Cook, Session Daily: News from the House, December 4, 2014 Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to have more than a billion additional dollars at their disposal. Released Thursday, the November Budget and Economic Forecast shows the state with a projected $1.037 billion available for the upcoming biennial state budget. “The long-term fiscal stability of […]

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Four school stories to follow: What were they thinking?

Mary Turck, News Day blog, September 14, 2014 A no-bid contract for $375,000 between Minneapolis Public Schools and an organization that barely exists. Programs that actually work to close the achievement gap. A change in St. Paul school start times. A strategic plan that is neither strategic nor a plan. These stories-in-progress involve our kids and […]

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A bittersweet victory at Lucy Laney Community School

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April, 24, 2014 A few days ago Mauri Melander’s heart broke in a way it hadn’t ever before in her 35-year history first as a student and then an educator with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). After years of failed initiatives, overhyped plans and other efforts to change some bleak realities at the […]

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Achievement gap or education debt? Minneapolis school board candidates face questions

By Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet, April 13, 2014 Is “education debt” a more accurate description than “achievement gap?” This was one of the early questions in the April 12 Minneapolis school board candidate forum put on by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC). The forum is one of several being held before the April 26 DFL […]

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School Choice and Scarcity Don’t Mix

Steve Fletcher, Minnesota 2020, January 31, 2014 – So, we’ve come to the end, according to a Center of the American Experiment press release, of “school choice week.” To mark the occasion, CAE put on a breakfast co-hosted by the African American Leadership Forum, The Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter, The Minnesota Business Partnership, The Minnesota Catholic […]

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