Schools

Minnesota teachers’ union pushing for multibillion-dollar education investment

BY: - November 10, 2022

Minnesota’s teachers’ union is pushing lawmakers to make a multibillion-dollar investment in the state’s public schools now that education- and union-friendly Democrats have full control of state government. Education Minnesota, which played a big role in the DFL’s electoral victory, said on Thursday that it will lobby legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz — a […]

Affirmative action supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The onset of rain did not deter students and supporters of affirmative action from protesting Monday morning outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices considered two cases that could reshape the college admissions process. “It’s not a secret that if you eliminated race conscious policies, it would further diminish the number of students […]

U.S. Supreme Court justices cast doubt on affirmative action in college admissions

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday questioned the legality of race-conscious policies in college admissions, as the justices weighed two cases that could upend the admissions process many colleges use to try to boost diversity on campus. At issue are two cases that challenge the lawfulness of affirmative action at Harvard […]

Fact-check: Minnesota students of color aren’t doing better than peers, as Walz said

BY: and - October 19, 2022

During the first and only televised debate between Gov. Tim Walz and Republican nominee Scott Jensen on Tuesday, the DFL governor praised Minnesota’s performance in education, especially among the state’s students of color. The moderators asked the candidates about declining test scores and learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning. Walz used […]

U of M regent asks if Morris campus is becoming ‘too diverse’

BY: - October 17, 2022

University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum suggested that increased diversity may be contributing to declining enrollment at the system’s rural Morris campus during a recent meeting of the board of regents. “Is it possible at Morris that we’ve become too diverse? Is it possible at all from a marketing standpoint?” Sviggum said. Sviggum prefaced his […]

State aid per student has decreased by 20% in Minnesota in last two decades, report finds

BY: - October 10, 2022

State aid per student has declined by 20% in the past 20 years, according to a new report by the progressive think tank North Star Policy Action. Relying on Minnesota Department of Education data, the analysis found a sharp decline in per pupil aid once adjusted for inflation. In the absence of help from the […]

Feds charge 48 in $250 million Feeding Our Future fraud

BY: - September 20, 2022

The Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges Tuesday against 48 people who allegedly participated in a $250 million scheme to exploit the Federal Child Nutrition Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Minnesota schools are navigating funding uncertainties this November

BY: - September 16, 2022

Few school districts are asking residents for more funding this November, fearing rejection from voters concerned with inflation and worried their requests will be drowned out by midterm campaigns.  At least 21 school districts will ask voters to raise or maintain school operating levies this fall, the fewest since 1980, when the Minnesota School Boards […]

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

BY: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Cardona also touted the Biden administration’s recent student debt relief announcement in late August. The White […]

Scott Jensen’s education plan cuts funding for Minnesota schools, promotes school choice

BY: - August 30, 2022

Republican nominee for Minnesota governor Scott Jensen wants to convert low-performing public schools to charter or private schools, ban so-called “critical race theory” and crack down on truancy with the help of law enforcement.  Jensen unveiled his sweeping education plan at the State Fair on Tuesday, which would drastically alter Minnesota schools and reduce funding […]

Minnesota test scores down since pandemic; MDE pledges to do more

BY: - August 25, 2022

Fewer than half of Minnesota students are proficient in math and 51% are proficient in reading, according to newly released results of standardized test scores. The portion proficient in math decreased from 55% to 45% since the the last pre-pandemic round of tests. Minnesota children proficient in reading decreased from 59% to 51%. Just 41% […]

Becker School Board delays vote on policy banning ‘inherently divisive concepts’

BY: - August 1, 2022

The controversy comes amid a wave of school boards and states passing similar policies and laws aimed at discussions of race and sexual orientation.