Joe Nathan
Some surprising, as well as some continuing themes came through when I asked school leaders around the state for a brief summary of their legislative priorities. Common themes were respecting local control, equalizing funding, reducing holdbacks and for charter public schools, and creating opportuni...Read More
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As we celebrated Thanksgiving this year, I was thankful for the almost 300 people who turned out to work with and learn from Dr. Joyce Epstein. A professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, she’s one of the nation’s leading experts about using school/family/community partnerships to help...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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 “shoc...Read More
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