education

The year 2013 brought good news for education. The Minnesota Legislature approved additional funds for early childhood education and for all-day kindergarten. Eighty-six percent of local school levies were approved. Money borrowed from school districts during poor economic times have been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series of editorials last year, advocated these [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The process of notifying Elk River Area School District administrators who will likely lose their jobs in the face of a minimum of $2.4 million in budget reductions has begun. The Star News has learned the district’s communication’s department will take a hit. Casey Mahon, the district’s manager of communications,  confirmed [...]

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What should the top educational priority be for Congress and the Obama administration? Twenty-six Minnesota education leaders responded when I asked them recently. Their responses fell into several major areas. Mark Bezek, Elk River superintendent, told me, “Just think how much more we could do for students if we could ‘just’ focus on content and [...]

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Erin Sindelir, a sixth-grade science teacher at Salk Middle School in Elk River, has been selected as a FOX 9 Super Scientist award winner. Nine winners were chosen by an independent judges’ panel comprised of education experts from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Education.   Sindelir was nominated by Salk Middle [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor “Schools cannot do it alone.” That will be the message of Dr. Jamie Volmer, an internationally-recognized education expert and author, who will present to the general public at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Aug, 29) at Elk River High School’s Zabee Theater. The Elk River Area School District is hosting the presentation, and [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The good works of the National Junior Honor Society have a new ingredient to success. It’s a cookbook that’s aptly named “History in the Baking.” It’s the first Salk cookbook with recipes submitted by students as well as staff, and the first one published by a first-class publishing company in Morris [...]

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It’s hard to imagine that one out of every 10 Minnesotans is now living in poverty. For a family of four that’s an annual income of about $23,000, or $442 per week. In the last 10 years poverty rates grew by 3 percent in Minnesota. What’s most surprising is that it’s no longer confined to [...]

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