Joe Nathan
Sometimes art and history come together in wonderful ways. That’s what happened in a terrific musical and two marvelous movies that I saw over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Although they described vastly different people, each illustrated art’s immense ability to move us and enrich our lives...Read More
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Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with...Read More
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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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