Joe Nathan
Suburban and urban educators agreed at a Minnesota Senate hearing on April 7: A new, historic Minnesota bill offers greater respect for teachers and new opportunities for students and families. The bill offers “startup” grants to district teachers to create “teacher-led schools.” Officials a...Read More
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Many things impressed me as I marched with thousands of others in St. Paul on Jan. 19, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but what pleased me most were the hundreds of participating families. Parents from cities and suburbs brought their youngsters – some appearing as young as 6 or 7. The parents wer...Read More
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Families, high school students and educators would be wise to spend five to 10 minutes reading Bill Blazar’s recent comments about jobs in Minnesota. Blazar is interim president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. In December, he described the large and growing number of technical jobs available...Read More
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Even if they have a slight decline in the number of students served, most Minnesota districts and charter schools will be receiving more money per pupil in the coming school year. That’s one of the key lessons learned in talking with Tom Melcher, director of the Minnesota Department of Education...Read More
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Eighteen-year-old David Greer is remarkable. He’s just earned a high school diploma and a four-year college degree. He may be the first Minnesotan to use Minnesota’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options law to pay all the costs of tuition, book and lab fees for a bachelor’s degree. The University...Read More
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Congratulations and concerns. That’s how we might react to recently released Minnesota high school graduates’ performance on the ACT college entrance test. Where do the congratulations come in? Minnesota seniors ranked first among the 40 states where at least 30 percent of seniors took the test....Read More
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Wanted for the soon-to-start school year — more parent and family involvement, right? That’s been a frequent request … “if we could just get more families involved, students would do better.” The good news is, according to Johns Hopkins University professor Joyce Epstein, that we know how ...Read More
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