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School district takes reins of Anoka County-run school

Kristian Hernandez, Star Tribune, June 11, 2012 – Twenty-nine teachers will be laid off as a result of the transition. A school run by Anoka County for 35 years will soon be incorporated into the Centennial District — a bittersweet moment at what officials say is the only county-run school in the state. On Tuesday, […]

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What do Rybak and Coleman think about mayoral control of schools?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, June 7, 2012 – MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen Mayor R.T. Rybak: “I’ve said to people, put the responsibility for the achievement gap on my shoulders.” Say what you will about stadiums, property taxes, snow removal and all of the other items by which our mayors live and die politically, Minneapolis and […]

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Omnibus ed bill: many tweaks, little GOP ideology

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 26, 2012 – CC/Flickr/jtcoleman The omnibus-bill provision with the liveliest back story involves early childhood education. Remember Reform 2.0, Minnesota Republicans’ audacious road map for the legislative session that’s grinding to a halt? Its authors, many of whom are about to go home and start campaigning for re-election, would prefer you didn’t. Last […]

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Coleman talks education, Saints ballpark

Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, March 26, 2012 – Mayor wants to expand parents’ program for St. Paul schools. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman delivered a wide-ranging State of the City address Monday, focusing on topics from education to a redoubled push for a Lowertown ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. In the emotional high point, […]

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Education bills: Crunch time at the Capitol

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 21, 2012 – Friday is the second of three deadlines for state lawmakers to figure out which bills will pass out of the committees into which they were born and onto the floors of the House and Senate. It’s crunch time in St. Paul. Friday is the second of three deadlines […]

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House panel approves bill establishing mayoral control of Minneapolis-St. Paul schools

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, March 8, 2012 – The mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis could take control of their city’s school districts under a bill approved by the House Education Reform Committee on Thursday night. Supporters say mayoral control of schools has worked in other large cities across the nation, giving urban districts stable […]

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House panel debates mayoral control of St. Paul, Minneapolis schools

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, March 8, 2012 – The mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis could have control of their city’s school districts under a bill debated in the House Education Reform Committee today. Supporters say mayoral control of schools has worked in other large cities across the nation, giving urban districts stable leadership from mayors who […]

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St. Paul school board wants mayor to decry takeover proposal

Daarel Burnette II, Star Tribune, March 7, 2012 – St. Paul’s school board members said on Tuesday night that St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman should publicly denounce recently proposed legislation that would place the school system under his control. “I don’t understand why he doesn’t step out and support us since he says he’s already […]

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Schools can win, lose with mayors

Star Tribune Editorial,February 20, 2012 – Consider mayoral appointments, not city hall control, for boards. It might seem like an easy fix for achievement-challenged urban school districts: Put the mayor in charge of the schools so that voters and taxpayers have a single person they can blame, or credit, for student performance. If only it […]

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The urgency of school reform in Minnesota

Pioneer Press Editorial, January 28, 2012 – After listening this past week to important ideas for improving education in Minnesota, we hope the efforts of a reform-minded Republican-controlled Legislature – and an open-minded Democratic governor – will add up to a win for students. None of the key ideas involves wringing more dollars from taxpayers. […]

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