DFL leadership shuts down special session talk, will revisit police in schools issue next year

BY: - September 22, 2023

DFL legislative leadership on Thursday said it’s committed to holding hearings about school resource officers and a ban on prone restraints in Minnesota schools when the 2024 legislative session starts in February — effectively shutting down further discussion of a special legislative session regarding the law this year. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and […]

Prone restraint is banned in Minnesota prisons, yet controversy continues about a ban in schools

BY: - September 22, 2023

Most of the state Senate Republican caucus supported a 2021 law that banned corrections officers from putting inmates in a prone — or face-down — position. Now, however, legislative Republicans want to roll back a law passed this year that seeks to provide the same protection to Minnesota students. During a special session in 2021, […]

How safe are Minnesota schools? Here’s what the data show

BY: - September 14, 2023

Minnesota Republicans continue to criticize Gov. Tim Walz and his allies for refusing to change new legislative language governing how adults are allowed to use force in schools. The new language prohibits school employees — including police known as school resource officers — from using prone restraints on students, or placing them in a face-down position. […]

Do cops actually make schools safer?

BY: - September 7, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz is weighing whether to call a special session to address law enforcement concerns over a recently passed ban on putting students in chokeholds and other extreme forms of physical restraint.  Republican lawmakers are urging Walz to act, claiming that the provision effectively outlaws all forms of physical force by police officers in […]

While Walz welcomes students to school, questions remain about special session

BY: - September 5, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday morning gave high-fives and fist bumps to Bloomington’s Oak Grove Elementary students who were walking into school, celebrating the start of the 2023-2024 school year. The DFL governor touted the state’s new universal school meals program: Students will be able to receive free school breakfast and lunch every school day […]

Wealthy suburbs lead the pack on standardized test scores, data show

BY: - September 5, 2023

Minnesota students’ state test scores still haven’t rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, according the latest data from the state. It’s a reflection of the learning losses that happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools shut down in the hopes of preventing the spread of the disease. Mapping the 2023 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results reveals considerable geographic […]

Forever chemicals found in tribal school well on Leech Lake reservation

BY: - September 1, 2023

When students return to school after Labor Day at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School on the Leech Lake reservation, they won’t drink from water fountains or eat food prepared with well water. Five-gallon jugs of water are propped all over the school and in the cafeteria after manmade, toxic chemicals were found in the school’s drinking water […]

Republicans call for special session to repeal physical restraint ban in schools

BY: - August 30, 2023

Minnesota Republicans sent a letter to DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday urging him to call a special legislative session after numerous law enforcement agencies pulled officers from schools because of a new law that restricts officers from using certain types of physical restraints on students. House and Senate Republicans, flanked by law enforcement leaders […]

Less than half of Minnesota students meet or exceed grade level standards in reading, math

BY: - August 24, 2023

Less than half of Minnesota students met or exceeded grade level standards in reading and math — proof that students are still struggling from COVID-19 pandemic learning loss that caused scores to plummet, according to the state. The 2023 state testing scores released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Education show test scores are still […]

Former Senate minority leader to receive $250K salary in new U of M role

BY: - August 23, 2023

Former Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen will earn $250,000 per year in her new position as the University of Minnesota’s chief lobbyist at the State Capitol — more than the governor and lieutenant governor combined. This is a considerable raise from her legislative salary. In 2022, she made up to $67,550 as the Senate minority […]

U of M hires former Senate minority leader as chief lobbyist

BY: - August 16, 2023

The University of Minnesota on Wednesday announced it has hired former Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen as its next chief lobbyist at the State Capitol.  Beginning Aug. 28, López Franzen will be the U’s executive director of government and community relations, where she will oversee lobbying efforts for all five of the U’s campuses […]

Minnesota implements new Native American history requirement for K-12 teachers

BY: - August 1, 2023

Minnesota teachers renewing their license must now undergo training about Native American history and culture. The Legislature passed a law this year requiring training for K-12 teachers about the “cultural heritage and contemporary contributions of American Indians, with particular emphasis on Minnesota Tribal Nations,” in order to renew their license. The requirement goes into effect […]