Joe Nathan
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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There’s “promising progress” in Minnesota’s just released elementary and middle school test results.  However, would it be acceptable for about 40 percent of Minnesota youngsters not to graduate from high school?  The question arises since 42  percent of Minnesota’s high school juniors ...Read More
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Three important questions come from “Do Schools Challenge our Children?” a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP): •Is school too easy for many youngsters? •Should we believe student surveys? •If the answer to the first two questions is “yes,” now what? CAP describes itse...Read More
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People like Eric and Sam have valuable insights about free college courses via Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). And now, the Legislature has expanded PSEO to include 10th graders. Responding to an earlier column, Eric wrote the Forest Lake Times, “PSEO is a great option for high school st...Read More
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