Joe Nathan

What can busy families do to help make this a great year for their youngsters? Elk River and other area leaders offered several suggestions. Terry Bizal, principal at Elk River High School, would recommend a collaborative discussion (home and school) in the following areas: •Attendance — attend on a daily basis; this is a life [...]

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When there is deep division in this country about some issues, a new national poll released last week shows strong, and sometimes surprising support for several key ideas in public education.  Young people and families in Elk River/Rogers/Zimmerman area are benefitting from the way these ideas are being applied locally. The results come from the [...]

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was direct when he spoke in Minnesota last week. While complimenting some of Minnesota’s reforms and education accomplishments, Duncan pointed out that we have one of the nation’s largest achievement gaps between whites and students of color. He is “shocked” that Minnesota does not have stronger “alternative routes” into [...]

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