Minneapolis schools to halt controversial student surveillance initiative

BY: - June 29, 2022

The Minneapolis school district has announced plans to end its relationship with Gaggle, a controversial digital surveillance tool that monitored students’ online behaviors during pandemic-induced remote learning. The announcement, which follows extensive reporting by The 74 about how the tool subjected the city’s youth to pervasive round-the-clock digital surveillance, was outlined last week at the bottom of a […]

How Minnesota is — and isn’t — teaching kids to read

BY: - May 3, 2022

When Rachel Berger’s son was diagnosed with dyslexia in kindergarten, she thought she found the “golden key” to getting him the right support in school. Instead, the school district said they didn’t have any services for her son. Berger, who is also dyslexic, was furious. Over the next 10 years, Berger launched Decoding Dyslexia MN […]

LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement

BY: - April 18, 2022

Instructors in one Pennsylvania school district were not allowed to teach a biography of the first Black President, Barack Obama.*  In some Tennessee classrooms, a nonfiction comic book about the atrocities of the Holocaust is banned. And one school district in Wisconsin banned from libraries a picture book about a gay rights activist who was […]

11 educators named Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalists

BY: - April 11, 2022

Eleven educators from across Minnesota were named finalists for the state’s Teacher of the Year award Monday. The award is given each year by Education Minnesota, the statewide teachers union. This year’s finalists were selected from a group of 77 nominees. Teachers with at least five years of experience who work at public or private […]

More than 1,500 books have been banned in public schools, and a U.S. House panel asks why

BY: - April 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee panel on Thursday examined why thousands of books, predominantly written by marginalized authors, have been banned from public schools, and the impact of those actions on students and teachers. “Most books being targeted for censorship are books that introduce ideas about diversity or our common humanity, […]

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Early education budget with $850 million in new spending clears House committee

BY: - April 7, 2022

A proposal to pour $850 million over four years into Minnesota’s struggling child care industry cleared a House committee Thursday. The House early education committee approved a budget bill that seeks to make child care more accessible by boosting aid to families and providers, funded by the state’s projected $9.3 billion budget surplus. The proposal […]

‘Page Amendment’ education bill likely dead for the third year

BY: - April 5, 2022

A controversial proposal to amend the education clause of Minnesota’s Constitution is likely dead for the third consecutive year after an influential lawmaker said she won’t hold a hearing on it. The “Page Amendment” — championed by former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari — won’t receive […]

House DFL proposes $3 billion education funding increase over 3 years

BY: - April 4, 2022

Minnesota House Democrats are proposing a $3.3 billion increase to state education funding over the next three years.  The sprawling package would use money from the state’s projected $9.3 billion budget surplus to boost spending on mental health, English language instruction and special education services, House DFL leaders announced Monday. It comes just days after […]

Minneapolis teacher strike is part of a wider labor struggle for educators around the country

BY: - April 1, 2022

This story was originally published by The 19th Ma-Riah Roberson-Moody, an education support professional for Minneapolis Public Schools, works two other jobs to make ends meet. The school district doesn’t pay her enough to survive on one salary, she said. Some of her peers are not even able to afford basic necessities. “We have members […]

Minneapolis’ new teachers of color layoff protections: Three things to know

BY: - March 31, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools is stepping into nearly uncharted territory — and potentially thorny legal ground — with its new policy aimed at protecting teachers of color from potential layoffs. The new teachers contract, reached last week after a 14-day strike, creates exemptions to seniority-based job cuts, a feat that few other districts in the state have managed. […]

95% of Minneapolis teachers participating in strike, district data shows

BY: - March 16, 2022

About 150 teachers and 100 education support professionals reported to work during the first week of the Minneapolis Public Schools strike, according to the school district. The teachers and staff crossing the picket line represent a small fraction of Minneapolis Public Schools’ workforce: fewer than 5% of the district’s 3,200 teachers and 8% of support […]

Rep. Ilhan Omar rallies in support of Minneapolis teachers during strike

BY: - March 14, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools agreed to include class size caps in teacher contracts and adjust the pay structure for education support professionals, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers leadership announced Monday. The offers are the district’s closest yet to the union’s demands — but as the strike stretches into a fifth day, the two parties still aren’t seeing […]