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Education - MPR News


Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:46:05 -0500


GOP lawmakers ask feds to reject Minnesota school accountability plan

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:15:07 -0500

Two of Minnesota's Republican legislative leaders say Minnesota has erred yet again with a plan crafted in response to the 2015 federal replacement for No Child Left Behind.(image)

Switching to middle school can be hard on kids, but there are ways to make it better

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:20 -0500

A new study shows students' self-image suffers in middle school and junior high. And it's not just hard on low-income kids. Having a teacher who understands the teenage brain can help.(image)

The love letters of a young Barack Obama on view at Emory University library

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:42:00 -0500

The musings of the future president at age 21 reveal familiar themes of alienation and lack of belonging that would arise again in his later writing.(image)

Minnesota State considers changing tuition policy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:14:41 -0500

The Minnesota State system may change its tuition and fee policy because of the growing number of students simultaneously taking classes from multiple schools.(image)

Schools struggle to hold on to teachers they need

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers. This APM Reports documentary "Keeping Teachers" shows that black men and teachers in rural areas are in especially short supply.(image)

Block that click! High school sports go digital

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500

At least a few Minnesota schools have begun to treat gaming as an organized, competitive sport.(image)

St. Paul school board votes for later start time for older students

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:40:29 -0500

The St. Paul school board voted to push high school and middle school start times to 8:30 a.m., citing research that teenagers are biologically programmed to sleep later.(image)

Educators employ strategies to help kids with anxiety return to school

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:31:00 -0500

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. It is often triggered by an underlying mental health issue.(image)

MEA weekend travel rush nears for Minnesotans with school-age kids

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:51:35 -0500

The state's annual teachers convention creates a four-day weekend for Minnesota students and their families in October. Many will be traveling this week, and MSP airport is urging people to be ready for the kid crush.(image)

Corruption probe prompts reviews of NCAA teams

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:09:22 -0500

More than two dozen universities with major hoops programs have responded to news of the sport's bribery scandal by conducting internal reviews of their compliance operations.(image)

South Dakota school cancels homecoming after racist stunt

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:11:37 -0500

Sturgis Brown High School was scheduled to play Pine Ridge School, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on Friday. Photos posted on social media show students destroying a car with "Go back to the Rez" painted on the side.(image)

Mountain biking booms among Minnesota high schoolers

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:47:19 -0500

This weekend more than 700 student mountain bike racers will come to Duluth for the final regular season race of the Minnesota High School cycling league. In just six years, the league has grown to over 1,300 riders from more than 100 schools around the state.(image)

In historic change, Boy Scouts to let girls in some programs

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:16:09 -0500

Under the plan, Cub Scout dens -- the smallest unit -- will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to remain single gender or welcome both genders.(image)

UW president wants to merge four-year, two-year campuses

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:37:19 -0500

System officials said the plan calls for keeping Wisconsin's two-year colleges open but making them essentially regional branches of the four-year schools.(image)

Aspen Ideas Festival: American values embodied in the Constitution

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Norman Lear and Khizr Khan speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival about the American values embodied in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.(image)

Group wants Wisconsin boy allowed to dance in Minnesota

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:41:05 -0500

"It's a classification based on 1970s ideals about what boys should be doing and what girls should be doing," Thompson told The Associated Press. The Pacific Legal Foundation wants the high school league to allow any boy in Minnesota to dance competitively.(image)

20 years later, Beverly Daniel Tatum asks again: 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:23:33 -0500

Beverly Daniel Tatum's groundbreaking book on the racial realities of the education system has been re-released at a time when the U.S. population is more diverse than ever, but many schools remain segregated.(image)

Is there free speech on college campuses?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Joanna Williams wants to know why so many college students don't want to hear, or have the opportunity to challenge, controversial and opposing views.(image)

After 3 years under ISIS, Mosul's children go back to school

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:59:00 -0500

Children are returning to school after missing years of classes when ISIS controlled the city. Iraqi forces retook Mosul over the summer. "We want you to succeed," a principal tells schoolchildren.(image)

Should agriculture be taught in schools?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

MPR Reporter Elizabeth Dunbar joined the program for a conversation about how some people struggle to connect the food on their plate to the farm where it was produced.(image)