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Our View: State guidance needed on school weapons policies

Editorial, Mankato Free Press, May 13, 2014 – Why it matters: The current patchwork of ‘zero-tolerance’ and other weapons policies are not serving districts well. The mess created in the Wells school district highlights the confusing mix of interpretations and policies regarding weapons in schools. Citing the district’s zero-tolerance policy, the United South Central School Board […]

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When temps plummet, how do school districts decide when to close?

Liala Helal and Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, January 23, 2014 – When school officials across Minnesota learned that temperatures would struggle to reach zero today, many of them decided to close schools due to the frigid weather. Others decided to delay school by two hours. How district officials make the often-difficult decision depends on a […]

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Arctic forecast drives Governor to close schools

John Croman, KARE 11 News, January 3, 2014 – The specter of biting, arctic cold in the forecast led Gov. Mark Dayton to order schools closed statewide Monday. Dayton tapped a rarely used statute that allows the governor to order the education commissioner to change school calendars or close them altogether. “This is an historic weather […]

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More funds proposed to forge safer routes to school

Jonathan Avise, Session Daily, March 7, 2013 – Patrick Sullivan lived just a few miles from school as a high schooler in Mounds View – but as a teen without a vehicle or a driver’s license, getting there was no easy feat. The Macalester College freshman told the House Transportation Finance Committee Thursday about the sidewalks […]

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