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New School: ‘His Whole Life Changed’
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Dec 2, 12:24 PM: About a third of public school students in Minneapolis were assigned to new schools this year. Here is the story of one family.
In Minneapolis schools, white families are asked to help do the integrating
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Nov 29, 9:07 AM: Minneapolis, among the most segregated school districts in the country, with one of the widest racial academic gaps, is in the midst of a sweeping plan to overhaul and integrate its schools.
'We're not okay': Pandemic stressors force growing number of educators to leave jobs
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Nov 17, 6:19 AM: Education Minnesota says the teacher's union can't remember a time when so many teachers left their jobs during the year — and we're not even into December yet.
Charter schools force painful public school closings
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Nov 11, 9:18 AM: In a bid to combat declining enrollment and competition from charter schools, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) officials created Envision SPPS, a proposal to close or merge 11 schools by next fall. Officials say >
Testing shows achievement gaps in Minneapolis Public Schools
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Nov 9, 8:50 AM: The test results released in October reported 74 percent of white students reading at grade level or above, compared to only 19 percent of black students. Math and science had similar gaps, with 62 percent of white >
Minnesota schools struggle with substitute teacher shortage
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Nov 1, 6:38 AM: A shortage of substitutes is forcing school districts to get creative when there's no one to fill in.
How Minnesota’s lack of teachers of color hurts students, and what reform could look like
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Oct 28, 9:53 AM: Many schools across the United States are grappling with ways to close the achievement gap between white students and students of color. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on those efforts in Minnesota, which >
Editorial: School takes big risk, learns hard lesson
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Oct 27, 8:00 AM: The leader of a popular St. Paul charter school has resigned and the school is being urged to appoint an outside replacement — providing a troubling lesson in what can happen when public dollars are gambled away in a >
What do parents want? St. Paul district bets on bigger, ‘well-rounded’ schools
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Oct 25, 6:22 AM: "All the marketing materials in the world doesn’t change the fact that we’re not providing a well-rounded education for our students,” Chief Operating Officer Jackie Turner told the school board earlier this month. >
Sheriff Bob Fletcher plans charter school in Ramsey County focused on public service
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Oct 21, 5:37 AM: Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is planning to open a new charter school next year that aims to steer students toward careers in public service.
Editorial: Education is not one size fits all
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Oct 15, 8:46 AM: Our current system runs as a one-size-fits-all program. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this is not a good system. However, far too often it’s the teachers who are getting blamed when a student isn’t >
Minneapolis Teachers To Picket Thursday, Call For More Support Amid Pandemic
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Sep 30, 8:07 AM: Greta Callahan, the president of the union’s teacher chapter, said that the federal American Rescue Plan is providing the district with nearly $160 million, which she believes is more than enough for the district to >
Column: Good news about 6 nationally recognized Minnesota Blue Ribbon Public Schools
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Sep 30, 8:05 AM: Six Minnesota public schools and, actually, the whole state received terrific news on Sept. 21, when the U.S. Department of Education named them Blue Ribbon Schools. These six were among 325 nationally that were recognized >
Property taxes could jump 11% for average St. Paul homeowner
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Sep 28, 8:48 AM: Superintendent Joe Gothard said the district must “ensure that we have the investments necessary for us to continue to do our work.
New tool in our tool kit': Minnesota colleges say online classes here to stay
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Sep 20, 9:11 AM: A new health sciences degree program at the University of Minnesota Rochester will combine online and in-person learning to help students complete their studies in just over two years instead of four.
Column: More personalized, active learning needed now
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Sep 3, 9:55 AM: As I review state and some local plans spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help youngsters recover from challenges of COVID-19, I see huge amounts for more social workers, counselors and tutoring. Each of them can >
Minnesota student reading and math scores suffer during COVID-19
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Aug 30, 2:13 PM: Statewide assessment results for 2021 show declines in the number of students meeting or exceeding grade-level standards compared to 2019 after a year of virtual learning and disruptions from COVID-19.
A very difficult decision’: Minnesota schools divided on masking
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Aug 17, 4:46 PM: School mask policies have been among the most contentious issues district leaders have faced this summer. Some district leaders have even had to ask law enforcement for help maintaining calm at public board meetings where >
Parents Demand More Distance Learning Options As COVID Cases Rise Ahead Of School Year
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Aug 5, 12:01 PM: While teachers prepare their classrooms for in-student learning, some of the state’s largest districts — like St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin — will also offer some sort of virtual learning option. But WCCO learned Wednesday >
More Minnesota schools can continue online option, will make local choices on pandemic precautions
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Jul 23, 3:49 PM: All Minnesota public schools can choose to offer an online learning option this fall — but they won't be required to do so, as they were earlier in the pandemic.

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