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The Tough Decision to Leave the Classroom

Josh Waldron, www.iamjwal.com, June 2, 2014  As the title of this post suggests, I have made the tough decision to leave the classroom for good at the end of this school year. The decision is a painful one — both personally and professionally. It is also a public one, as I’ve been honored as recently […]

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New state funding could push teacher raises

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, November 22, 2013 – A nearly $500 million increase in state education funding approved by lawmakers this spring seems to be clearing the way for teacher pay raises, at least in some parts of the state. Teachers across Minnesota are in the midst of negotiating contracts that cover this school year […]

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Group takes aim at Minneapolis teacher benefits

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, May 1, 2012 – An anti-union group based in Michigan has taken aim at some of the fringe benefits in the Minneapolis teacher contract, arguing that they cost teacher jobs. Nevertheless, group spokesman Steve Gunn said that the Minneapolis contract has fewer such provisions than the Milwaukee contract. Education Action Group […]

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School Board discusses budget cuts

Patty Dexter, Eden Prairie News, April 25, 2012 – Eden Prairie School officials have received direction on how to address a $4.4 million deficit in the proposed 2012-13 budget. On Tuesday, Superintendent Jon McBroom presented the School Board with what he called a concept of ways to address the deficit. The board did not formally vote […]

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2012 National Teacher of the Year Hopes to ‘Restore Dignity’ to Teachers

Liana Heitin, Education Week, April 24, 2012 – “Mieliwocki said she loves her job but knows that many teachers are frustrated by ‘being asked to do so much more with so little.’ “‘It’s feeling like you’re saving children’s lives with education … but you might not be able to do it,’ she said. ‘If you […]

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Omnibus education bill nears finish line

Erin Schmidtke, Session Daily, April 23, 2012 – The House passed a conference committee report on the second omnibus education bill of the session 119-9. Awaiting Senate action, the report includes sections relating to veteran’s military pay, postsecondary enrollment options and payment to teachers charged with a felony. Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) and Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) are […]

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Too little reform in teacher contracts

Star Tribune Editorial, April 16, 2012 – Minneapolis changes don’t go far enough in light of challenges. Despite growing pressure from parents and community groups, change continues to come slowly for Minneapolis schools and their students. The proposed two-year labor agreement that Minneapolis teachers approved last week would add four days to the district’s school […]

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New tool to standardize teacher evaluations in Minn.

Alexandra Tempus, Associated Press (Minnesota Public Radio), April 15, 2012 – ST. PAUL, Minn. — When Todd Marder changed careers from swim coach to science teacher, he wasn’t ready for kindergarteners. But he said things changed when he met with a seasoned teacher who modeled lessons, suggested reading materials and did in-class observations as part […]

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Times Q&A: Superintendent Jim Johnson talks about the state of schools in Monticello

Paul Nolan, St. Cloud Times, April 6, 2012 – Superintendent Jim Johnson, a former teacher and principal, used to spend a lot more time in classrooms. These days, his time is spent wrestling with budgets and personnel matters. Monticello Superintendent Jim Johnson is surrounded by educators – at work and at home. The Cokato, Minn., native […]

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Flunking the Test

Paul Farhi, American Journalism Review, February/March 2012 – The American education system has never been better, several important measures show. But you’d never know that from reading overheated media reports about “failing” schools and enthusiastic pieces on unproven “reform” efforts. Fri., March 30, 2012. Senior contributing writer Paul Farhi (farhip@washpost.com) is a reporter for the […]

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