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Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:26:05 -0600


St. Paul teachers want companies, nonprofits to pay more for schools

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:42:34 -0600

The teachers union says tax breaks let the city's businesses and nonprofits avoid paying their fair share for schools. Union leaders want the school board to join them in ramping up the pressure. Some companies are not pleased.(image)

Super Bowl surprises for North High School football team

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:58:57 -0600

The Minnesota Super Bowl host committee invited the team to join special activities -- and shocked their coach with free tickets to game.(image)

Minnesotans urge federal officials not to scrap school discipline guidelines

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Minnesota advocates for reducing racial disparities in school discipline plan to speak in support of Obama-era guidance in Washington, D.C. this week. School officials are watching to see how the Department of Education under President Trump will handle the Obama-era discipline guidance.(image)

Polyglot, MN: Census shows Minnesota increasingly multilingual

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Data out this week pinpoint the hot spots of language diversity around the state. Nobles County, in southwestern Minnesota, and Ramsey County have the largest shares of residents who don't speak English at home.(image)

Charter schools and the resegregation of American public education

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:33:06 -0600

A new Associated Press analysis finds many charter schools in America are racially segregated. MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Cornell professor Noliwe Rooks about this modern school segregation, and the effects of the charter school movement.(image)

How one cat's quest to visit the library became an internet sensation

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:20:23 -0600

Max the cat's rise to fame began after a sign was posted on a library door at Macalester College that began: "Please do not let in the cat."(image)

If you don't have money for college, how far can 'grit' get you?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:19:24 -0600

"Grit" is a buzzword in conversations about college access these days. But if you don't have the money for college, how far can grit really get you?(image)

Will Steger plans wilderness education center

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:17:56 -0600

The explorer has been building the Steger Wilderness Center in a remote setting north of Ely on the edge of the Boundary Waters.(image)

Wis. teacher on paid leave following social media posts

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:13:10 -0600

An Ashland elementary school teacher has been suspended because of a social media post about the fatal shooting of a Native American student by a sheriff's deputy.(image)

Officials: Don't lunch-shame low-income Minnesota students

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:57:31 -0600

Reports that Minnesota school cafeteria workers are taking lunches from kids who can't afford them has some children's advocates calling for change.(image)

Why are African-Americans and Latinos underrepresented in elite U.S. colleges?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:25:55 -0600

African-American and Latino students are more underrepresented at elite U.S. institutions today than they were more than three decades ago. Is it time to rethink Affirmative Action?(image)

St. Paul schools see hope in 'restorative' discipline

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600

More St. Paul teachers are using disciplinary techniques where students and teachers work together to restore order in class. It doesn't always succeed, but school leaders see it as a viable alternative to tossing kids out.(image)

For underprivileged teens, tech center offers chance to build critical skills

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Youth who don't have regular access to technology can get left behind. A tech center at the Minneapolis Central Library aims to change that by offering teens a creative space to learn -- and then put those newfound skills to use.(image)

Former Minnesota teachers join discussion on federal school discipline policy

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:13:53 -0600

Former Edina teacher Debbie York and former St. Paul teacher John Ekblad have been outspoken critics of school discipline policies they see as overly permissive.(image)

How mass shootings are forcing schools to re-evaluate safety

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:59:02 -0600

Teachers are learning how to protect their students from the possibility of a school shooting. That can include anything from locking doors to tackling the assailant.(image)

Minn. high court case could reshape teacher tenure

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:58:00 -0600

The Supreme Court said it will hear a case brought by a group of Minnesota parents who claim tenure protections make it too hard to fire ineffective teachers and worsen the achievement gap.(image)

Grad students would be hit by massive tax hike under House GOP plan

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:21:00 -0600

The plan would raise taxes on graduate students, who make very little money to begin with. Analysts say the provision could discourage students from seeking advanced degrees, hurting economic growth.(image)

Here's how the new tax plan could hurt graduate students

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:31:00 -0600

The new House tax bill introduced by Republicans outlines a plan to end the tax exemptions for tuition waivers and tax endowments made to colleges and universities.(image)

In the age of legalization, talking to kids about marijuana gets tougher

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 04:01:20 -0600

Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think it's safe for them to light up.(image)

Signs reading 'It's OK to be white' posted at several U.S. campuses

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:10:19 -0600

Last week, students and staff at Concordia College in Moorhead found several signs scattered across the campus saying, "It's OK to be white."(image)