Schools

Walz signs universal free school meals into law

BY: - March 17, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday signed a bill to provide free breakfast and lunch to all Minnesota students at eligible schools. Walz signed the bill surrounded by lawmakers, community advocates and young students at Webster Elementary School in northeast Minneapolis. The second-term DFL governor lauded how universal meals will help make Minnesota the best state […]

Dora Zaidenweber, 99-year-old Holocaust survivor, tells state lawmakers: “Mass murder can happen”

BY: - March 15, 2023

When Dora Zaidenweber first came to the United States in 1950 after surviving Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, some people did not believe the Holocaust happened — and that it certainly could not happen in America.  “Not only all students, but everybody — everybody in Minnesota educated — should have a knowledge of the dangers […]

Minnesota Senate passes universal free school meals; bill heads back to House

BY: - March 14, 2023

The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill 38-26 to provide free school breakfast and lunch for all Minnesota students. The bill (HF5) will have to go back to the House for a concurring vote before making its way to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk for his signature. Walz supports the legislation and included universal free […]

10 more indicted in Feeding Our Future fraud 

BY: - March 13, 2023

Ten more people were indicted Monday for misappropriating and laundering money they got through a federal child nutrition program prosecutors say was bilked out of more than $250 million, primarily in Minnesota. That brings the total number of people indicted to 60. So far, six people have pleaded guilty.

COMMENTARY

Literacy as an anti-violence strategy

BY: - March 10, 2023

As St. Paul parents have become all too aware lately, we continue to see levels of violence in our schools that indicate kids are not okay.  As a community we need to do what is necessary to create spaces where students feel physically safe, while also asking the question, “Why is this happening?” I hope […]

National ban on transgender athletes in girls’ sports passed by U.S. House panel

BY: - March 9, 2023

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee early Thursday passed a bill on a party-line vote that would block transgender girls from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity, a reflection of a broader push in multiple states to curb the rights of transgender student athletes. The bill, H.R. 734, introduced […]

New Dakota language app helps bridge gap between elders and youth

BY: - March 7, 2023

Khloe Cavanaugh learned some Dakota words from her grandfather growing up on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. He was one of the few fluent first language speakers on the reservation. “I have an Indian name and I didn’t know how to say it in Dakota, so he taught me how to say it […]

Minnesota House committee passes ethnic studies requirement

BY: - February 28, 2023

Minnesota House lawmakers advanced bills on Tuesday adding ethnic studies and personal finance courses to K-12 graduation requirements. Both need to pass several more hurdles before becoming law, however.  The personal finance bill (HF651) received unanimous support, but the ethnic studies bill (HF1502) divided DFL and Republican lawmakers. Republicans said they want schools to celebrate […]

Students could get free tuition for Minnesota colleges, universities under DFL proposal 

BY: - February 21, 2023

State lawmakers are considering a bill to give most in-state students free tuition to Minnesota’s colleges and universities. DFL senators proposed creating the Minnesota Commitment to Higher Education Act, which would allow eligible Minnesota residents who are enrolled in a public state college or university to apply for a grant to cover the entire cost […]

University of Minnesota graduate students announce union drive

BY: - February 20, 2023

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota announced on Monday an effort to unionize to negotiate for higher wages, fewer fees, and protection against workplace abuses. “Graduate workers at UMN need a change. We face low pay and high student fees. Work expectations are unclear and when issues arise there is little to no support […]

House passes universal free meals for Minnesota students

BY: - February 9, 2023

The state House late Thursday passed universal free meals for Minnesota students, despite firm Republican opposition. Under the free school meals bill, Minnesota will pay the gap between federal funding and the cost of the meal regardless of a family’s income and bars schools from charging students for breakfast and lunch. The House passed the […]

U.S. House GOP preps for debates on vouchers, divisive social issues

BY: - February 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans laid the groundwork for some top legislative priorities during a Wednesday hearing that examined public funding for charter schools and voucher programs, as well as increasing parents’ oversight of school curriculum.  The Republican chair of the Education and the Workforce Committee, North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, provided a forum for […]