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Some specific focus areas for our education coverage:

• Who's Teaching in Minnesota? - licensure, certification, demographics
• Focus on Teaching - curriculum, standards, testing, Common Core, Focused Instruction, Aligned Learning
• GED and Adult Education - programs, students, teachers
Minneapolis Five-Year Enrollment Plan
Achievement Gap 

Funding bump, plus programs for English language learners in omnibus education finance bill

An increase on the school funding formula and more dollars for English language learners are key pieces to the omnibus education finance bill.

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Leadership, local economy and lunch shape Farm to School curriculum

Poking around is a persistent addiction. Though the geography and focus shift with time, exploring new terrain simply expands the possibilities. Thus, in my quest to spread the share the message of open government, I have had the privilege to meet with scores of great people who are doing amazing work on issues that include sustainable agriculture, the rural economy, the environment, children’s health, food safety, family farms, ethnic diversity — always looking for the open government thread that runs through just about everything – once you start looking for it.

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E-DEMOCRACY | Teachers, experience and the education narrative

Comments in this discussion thread refer to Steve Brandt's article in the Star Tribune, "Poorest Mpls. schools still have greenest teachers."

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Music school closing after nine years

A scene from a winter holiday sing-along (Photo by Margo Ashmore)

It was always easier to tell people which musical instruments they didn’t teach at Camden Music School, rather than list the many that they did, said school founder Janet Zahn.

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The present, past, and future of collective bargaining

Recent experiences suggest that the generations-old practice of collective bargaining as the normal, if not dominant, method of negotiating the terms of unionized employment is losing its legitimacy. Notoriously, upon taking office in January 2010, Wisconsin’s Governor Walker introduced a bill to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Despite a massive upheaval and a series of electoral and legal challenges, Act 10 is now the law of the Badger State. And last year in Seattle, when 30,000 workers, represented by the International Association of Machinists, rejected Boeing’s insistence on a restructuring of their pensions and an unprecedented eight year extension, Boeing blackmailed them into a revote by threatening to move their work to another state. Management’s demand just squeaked by in the second vote. In Chattanooga last month, when Volkswagen management announced it would remain neutral in the face of a United Auto Workers’ organizing drive, Republican office-holders launched their own anti-union campaign, threatening that state financial support for the plant would be withheld if the workers unionized. The vote for a union narrowly failed.

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Count 'em: 23 amendments ready for education policy omnibus bill

Education Minnesota Lobbyist Jodee Buhr, left, and Cyndy Crist, legislative liaison for the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, sort through one of two stacks of amendments to the omnibus education policy bill, HF2397, outside the House Education Policy Committee meeting March 20. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

Some 23 amendments awaited HF2397 when the House Education Policy Committee began its review of the omnibus bill on Thursday morning. The bill is a diverse collection of policies dealing with bilingualism to lotteries and allowing schools to donate unused food. Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Mariana (DFL-St. Paul), discussion is expected to continue tonight and tomorrow where it will likely move out of committee.

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Why do K-12 school administrators oppose free speech for colleges/universities?

A group of Minnesota high school and college students are asking for things that apparently are threatening to some school administrators.  Kelly Charpentier-Berg, Aaliyah J Hodge, Sam Petrov,

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Minneapolis Public Schools to assess impact of all policies, procedures on race equity

MPS CEO Michael Goar (Photo by Charles Hallman)

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) officials have announced that all future district policies, practices, programs and procedures, as well as the allocation of resources “that have a significant impact on student learning,” will be assessed for equity and diversity “so that no community is disproportionately impacted.”

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Teacher-led schools conference comes to St. Paul

What do teachers want? More autonomy! When do they want it? Now! Who decides what that autonomy will look like? Good question.

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