Walz highlights teacher shortage on statewide workforce tour

BY: - July 21, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday asked a group of Savage 4th graders attending summer school a question: “How many of you think you’d like to be teachers someday?” No one raised their hands. “Awe, c’mon — it’s so fun!” Walz said. A few students tentatively put their hands in the air. The unenthusiastic response was […]

700,000 Minnesotans just got poorer

BY: - June 30, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan in a 6-3 ruling handed down on the last day of the term. Writing for the conservative majority, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that the HEROES Act passed by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks “allows the Secretary [of […]

US Supreme Court strikes down use of affirmative action in college admissions

BY: and - June 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that two prominent universities’ consideration of race in acceptances violated the U.S. Constitution, effectively reshaping the role of affirmative action in the college admissions process throughout higher education. In a 6-3 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, wrote that the admissions processes at […]

‘The state is not taking over Minneapolis Public Schools’ 

BY: - June 28, 2023

Minneapolis Public Schools finance and budget officials put a positive spin on their financial outlook Tuesday, seeking to assure residents that the district can avoid state intervention. 

What’s in Minnesota’s 2023 education bill

BY: - June 2, 2023

The Minnesota Legislature during the 2023 session passed a sweeping education bill that boosted public spending for schools by nearly $2.3 billion.  Gov. Tim Walz, a former teacher, has advocated for more school funding since the beginning of his tenure, but he was mostly stymied under a divided government. Education advocates, the state’s teachers’ union […]

DFL-controlled Legislature has agreement on $2.3 billion boost in education spending

BY: - May 16, 2023

A panel of Minnesota lawmakers on Monday agreed to a compromise on education funding and policy provisions that includes a $2.3 billion boost in school spending. The 331-page agreement will now go to the DFL-controlled House and Senate for an up-or-down vote and then to Gov. Tim Walz, who is likely to sign it. “We […]

University of Minnesota graduate students unionize after decades-long push

BY: - April 28, 2023

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota voted by a wide margin to unionize, seeking higher wages, better benefits and lower student fees. The new union will represent roughly 4,100 graduate students at the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. They work as teaching and research assistants alongside their studies. The successful vote comes amid a […]

Biden administration warns U.S. House GOP debt limit bill would slash education 

BY: - April 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday said House Republicans’ debt limit proposal would cut vital education programs and harm vulnerable students across the U.S., such as those who are low income or have a disability. “It would be taking us backwards,” Cardona said on a call with reporters. U.S. House Speaker Kevin […]

House passes massive K-12 education funding, policy package

BY: - April 20, 2023

House Democratic-Farmer-Labor members on Thursday passed a bill that would provide over $2.2 billion in additional funding for Minnesota schools. The bill would increase education spending by 10% to $23 billion — about 30% of the proposed $72 billion state budget for fiscal years 2024-2025. The bill’s advocates say the massive education budget is necessary […]

Minnesota senator ranted about sex ed in schools, kicked constituent teachers out of office

BY: - April 20, 2023

This story contains graphic language. Three teachers from Milaca School District — about 30 miles northeast of St. Cloud — met last week with their state senator to talk about how inadequate special education funding is burdening their district’s budget. The teachers say the meeting ended abruptly when the senator kicked them out of his […]

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 […]