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Mar 19, 2014

Smith: Teaching universal human values

American Indian Magnet School on St. Paul’s East Side exemplifies moral instruction in public schools

Dec 20, 2013

Petersen skeptical about fate of teacher evals

Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, has been tackling the complex issue of teacher evaluation since he arrived at the Capitol. As a House freshman in 2011, Petersen played a central role in crafting a new system of teacher evaluations that passed as part of that year’s education bill.

Nov 7, 2013

Dayton: New test scores show progress in closing Minnesota’s achievement gap

New 2013 test results from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), also known as the "Nation’s Report Card," showed that Minnesota fourth graders had the highest math scores in the nation this year and the 10th best reading scores. Black fourth graders in Minnesota posted the fourth-highest math scores in the nation, moving up from 22nd in the nation two years ago, and improved r[...]

Oct 4, 2013

U of M seeks bonding for building upgrades

The U of M is requesting $100 million for higher education asset preservation and replacement projects, which are designed to improve efficiency and extend the life of university buildings and infrastructure.

May 30, 2013

McHenry, Korte promoted at MN Education Department

Kevin McHenry has been tapped as a new assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education. McHenry takes over for Rose Chu, who left the agency to take a job at Metropolitan State University.

May 17, 2013

Higher ed finance bill clears Senate with bipartisan support

The Senate passed a higher education finance bill that includes $250 million in additional funding and a tuition freeze at the state's public colleges and universities by a 44-22 vote on Friday. Six Republicans joined all DFLers in voting for the measure.

May 6, 2013

105 schools receive ‘Safe Routes’ grants

A total of $3.8 million in grants will be given to 105 Minnesota schools under a federal aid program called Safe Routes for Schools, which is administered by MnDOT.

May 6, 2013

St. Paul’s Melvin Carter to join state Education department

St. Paul City Council member Melvin Carter III is stepping down to become the director of the Office of Early Learning at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Apr 26, 2013

Senate passes education finance bill amid roll call drama (update)

The DFL-controlled Senate’s bill faced unanimous Republican opposition as well as three DFL defectors, but prevailed in a 35-28 vote.

Apr 26, 2013

Taskmaster Pelowski wins high marks as higher ed chairman

Rep. Gene Pelowski's calls for greater accountability have been praised by DFL and GOP legislators alike.

Apr 24, 2013

House passes $15.7B education finance bill

K-12 education finance bills that account for roughly 40 percent of the state’s general fund spending are moving through the House and Senate floors this week.

Apr 23, 2013

House passes K-12 funding bill

The state House on Tuesday passed a $15.7 billion K-12 budget bill after seven hours of debate. The bill passed 83-50 with 10 Republicans joining all DFLers in support.

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