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No Child Left Behind education policy hangs on

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 9, 2013 – To education policymakers who are not breathing the politicized air trapped inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, it’s starting to look like President Obama will be out of office before No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is rewritten — if ever. Expressed another way, that would mean the nation could go […]

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Troubled schools submit fix-it plans

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, September 19, 2012 – Students will get an extra 10 minutes of math each day at Central Park Elementary in Roseville. Bethune Elementary in Minneapolis wants to cut suspensions by 12 percent over the next school year. Piedmont Elementary in Duluth is helping parents of preschoolers expand their children’s vocabularies to get […]

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More states freed from No Child Left Behind law

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press (Minnesota Public Radio), July 6, 2012 – SEATTLE (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday that two more states, Washington and Wisconsin, will be exempted from many requirements of the federal “No Child Left Behind” education law. The decision brings to 26 the number of states granted waivers as Congress remains […]

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School ratings are no trick — just progress

Rob Prater, Star Tribune Commentary, June 27, 2012 – Charlie Weaver was substantially off-target in his criticism of the state educational rankings (“State schools score better — like magic,” June 24). Weaver claimed that the new system is watered down because not enough schools are “red-flagged,” but he didn’t say why the old system, Adequate […]

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State schools score better — like magic

Charlie Weaver, Commentary, Star Tribune, June 23, 2012 – Actually, it is a bit of magic, or at least sleight-of-hand, in terms of standards. “Poof” isn’t normally the sound you hear when a state agency uploads a new database to its website. But if you listened closely as the Minnesota Department of Education uploaded its […]

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Fraud, waste hijack tutoring program

Jeffrey Meitrodt and Daarel  Burnette, Star Tribune Updated: June 4, 2012 – 1:19 PM Graphic: Minnesota among states that don’t assess tutoring services Graphic: Average number of hours tutored and total amount paid for tutoring A decade of problems has failed students, schools and taxpayers. Jeremiah Jackson is supposed to be working on his online […]

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With state waiver, schools get ready to dump program

Jeffrey Meitrodt, Star Tribune, June 2, 2012 – The federal government’s tutoring program for low-income students at failing schools becomes optional next fall, and many educators in Minnesota can’t wait to kill it. The state obtained a waiver in February that freed districts to dump the program or retool it to fit their needs. Administrators […]

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Minnesota’s new MMR: ‘much more holistic’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, June 1, 2012 – MinnPost photo by Beth Hawkins Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who addressed students at Minneapolis’ South High earlier this year, is supportive of the new, alternative measures. Given the ocean of money we’ve poured into standardized testing, our collective obsession with ranking schools and all of the justifiable hand-wringing […]

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Most District 15 schools score above average

Tammy Sakry, ABC Newspapers, May 31, 2012 – A new rating system for Minnesota schools has come out and most St. Francis School District 15 schools are above average. The Minnesota Department of Education’s released a new accountability system May 22 that included two new measurements for schools, the Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) and Focus […]

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New school ratings hold promise, south metro educators say

William C. Crum, Star Tribune, May 29, 2012 – South-of-the-river educators say Minnesota’s new system of rating public schools will help teachers tailor their instruction to the needs of their students. Teacher Angela Nguyen visited with two of her buddies, Juliana Salisbury and Quincy Aaron, who are both second-graders at Farmington Elementary School. The school’s […]

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