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Mar 4, 2015

Education bill debate moves from cost to content

The Legislature is considering creating its own budget office after questions about how the state arrives at fiscal estimates.

Feb 27, 2015

Fiscal hiccup stalls education bill

GOP author calls $1 million implementation estimate ‘rather bogus’

Feb 18, 2015

Creating pathways to the workforce

We ought to consider guaranteeing to all Minnesota youth access to a meaningful postsecondary certificate or degree, with multiple pathways to the most relevant and employable skills and credentials.

Feb 11, 2015

In education, don’t follow the money

Finding a workable way forward toward better educational outcomes is possible but that doing so demands reframing the question.

Feb 6, 2015

House members bone up on teacher policies

A House Education Finance Committee work group calls for Q Comp and a 2011 evaluations program to be overlaid, with neither altered significantly.

Jan 16, 2015

House, Senate open floodgates of legislation

The first two weeks of the 2015 session saw more than 200 bills introduced in the House and more than 150 in the Senate.

Jan 9, 2015

‘Skills gap,’ education top Senate priority list

The upper chamber’s returning leadership unveiled its priority bills Thursday morning, highlighting six different proposals that will serve as the foundation for its agenda this session

Jan 9, 2015

House Republicans press business-friendly agenda

Republicans pitched targeted tax and regulatory relief for business owners as their top priority; other agenda items include major reforms to the state education system, transportation, elder care and insurance.

Dec 31, 2014

Republicans see diversity in their 2016 hopefuls

Long criticized as the party of old white men, Republicans are seeing a diverse group of people step up for possible contention in the 2016 presidential race.

Dec 26, 2014

Teachers prepare legislative syllabus

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says GOP House changes the union’s expectations, but not its priorities.

Dec 17, 2014

Planning the future of school

Seemingly perennial discussions on teacher assessments, student testing, charter schools and tenure are expected to dominate the talk in 2015, though legislators also acknowledge that policy debates during the session would be curtailed by the concurrent need to pass an education omnibus budget.

Dec 17, 2014

At U forum, a call to get ‘smart on crime’

A 50 percent drop in crime rates over the past two decades, coupled with heightened awareness of the societal costs associated with harsh sentences, have led political leaders from across the political spectrum to rethink the get-tough-on-crime tactics.

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