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Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:35:43 -0500


Minneapolis schools project cutting hundreds of positions, but numbers are preliminary

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:58:30 -0500

Projected reductions across the district equal 288 full-time positions, with 235 of those at schools, according to a summary from the district's human resources department.

Minn. teacher leads National Black Anthem in Oval Office

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:38:17 -0500

Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Abdul Wright, spontaneously led the Black National Anthem at the White House on Wednesday.

Want to finish college? Go full time, at least part of the time

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:14:00 -0500

Students who attend full time for at least one semester are 50 percent more likely to complete community college, a new study shows.

Big Lake OKs yearbook photo of trapshooting team with guns

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:52:25 -0500

Team members had initially been told the yearbook photo would not be included because of the school's policy against against showing firearms in photos. Some parents were considering bringing the issue to the school board.

St. Paul school board OKs contract with new superintendent

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:54:04 -0500

The contract includes a $232,000 dollar salary, slightly more than previous superintendent Valeria Silva's base salary of $213,026.

Nation's report card finds mixed grades for U.S. students in visual arts, music

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:02:00 -0500

It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain.

His teacher told him he wouldn't go to college, then he did

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:04:00 -0500

African-American students with disabilities are disciplined far more and graduate far less than their counterparts, researchers say. What needs to change to help more succeed?

Student loans: You've got questions, we've got answers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:09:00 -0500

Is trade school the ticket? Does the middle class have the worst debt woes? Listeners weigh in with burning student loan questions.

Finding teachable moments in the March for Science

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:41:00 -0500

Thousands of people will participate in Saturday's March for Science. We reached out to three experts on teaching and climate change to find out how the event -- and its aftermath -- can help engage young people.

Educators on a hot topic: Global warming 101

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:41:00 -0500

Thousands of people will participate in Saturday's march. We reached out to three experts on teaching and climate change to find out how the event -- and its aftermath -- can help engage young people.

This Islamic school helps students build their American and Muslim identity

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.

Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley despite planned speech cancellation

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:15:00 -0500

Administration officials told organizers that "given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully." Coulter says she'll speak anyway.

Solar energy disparity emerges among Minnesota schools

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Schools are embracing solar to save money on utility bills and put more toward education. But a complicated web of utility rules and regulations means opportunities aren't universal.

Protests prompt Minneapolis school board to rehire employees

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:31:00 -0500

Protesters claimed the district fires people of color in disproportionately high numbers and demanded six employees be rehired or recommended for rehiring.

Playground case could breach barrier between tax coffers, religious schools

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:07:00 -0500

The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether Missouri should provide a grant to a church preschool, or if that violates the state's constitution. The state's new governor has abandoned the rule.

Down with 8 a.m. classes: Undergrads learn better later in the day, study finds

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A recent study shows that college classes start too early for students' brains to be functioning at their best. Does that mean that high schools and middle schools also start too early?

Super Bowl grant to help spread traditional "wooden stick" lacrosse in metro

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:39:11 -0500

A $50,000 grant for Native American lacrosse is the latest in a year-long effort by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee to improve health and wellness in kids across the state.

Schools will soon have to put in writing if they 'lunch shame'

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:35:00 -0500

Advocates hope the recent law out of N.M., banning school staff from shaming kids for not having lunch money, helps to shape policies the USDA is requiring school districts write by July 1.

Sen. Franken pushes grants to forge school, career links

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:46:04 -0500

Sen. Al Franken plans to introduce a bill to provide grants for partnerships between schools and industries like health care, engineering and technology.

Absences, fitness, atmosphere -- new ways to track schools

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:41:45 -0500

States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores.