State Dept. of Education releases plan for spending pandemic relief funds

BY: - July 2, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Education released its plan this week outlining how the state will spend more than $100 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March, directed more than $123 billion to helping schools and students across the country bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota […]

CDC study finds racial, regional disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning

BY: - July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning. But a new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms — with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time in […]

Buffalo schools to pay $200,000 in discrimination lawsuit settlement

BY: - June 30, 2021

The Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District will pay more than $200,000 to the family of a former student and change its gender identity policies in a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit, the legal nonprofit Gender Justice announced Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of former student Matt Woods by his mother in 2019, alleges the school system […]

Legislators release full education budget bill

BY: - June 24, 2021

Lawmakers met Thursday morning to discuss details of the newly released education budget bill, after reaching an agreement earlier this week. The agreement announced Tuesday covered funding levels and included some policy changes, and the full education spending bill was posted Wednesday evening. Negotiations on the budget came down to the wire, with less than […]

Minnesota lawmakers reach education budget deal

BY: - June 22, 2021

Minnesota legislative leaders reached an education budget agreement Tuesday, just over a week before the June 30 deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget or risk not being able to send payments to school districts.  The agreement lays out funding levels for new and existing programs, including a boost to the general education funding formula […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states […]

Two Minnesota charter schools vote to unionize

BY: - June 11, 2021

Two Twin Cities charter schools have voted to unionize this month, according to Education Minnesota, the state teachers union. Hiawatha Academies, a Minneapolis charter school network, and Great River School in St. Paul will now start negotiating their first contracts, which could take months. With the new additions, five of the state’s 186 charter schools […]

Senate Republicans, advocates push Walz to back school voucher proposal

BY: - June 10, 2021

Minnesota Republicans and school choice advocates gathered at the Capitol Thursday to urge Gov. Tim Walz to meet with them about a Senate school voucher proposal. The advocates want Walz and Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers to back a program called “education savings accounts” as part of the Senate’s education budget proposal. The Minnesota Department of Education, the […]

Lawmakers deadlocked on education budget; Senate Republicans release latest offer

BY: - June 7, 2021

The June 30 end of the fiscal year is drawing near, and lawmakers have still not finalized a two-year budget agreement that will likely top $52 billion. The biggest piece is K-12 education, and Senate Republicans say they are at an impasse in negotiations with the Democratic-controlled House. Senate Education Committee Chair Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino […]

Homeless students slipping through the cracks during the pandemic, congressional panel told

BY: - May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Witnesses before a U.S. House panel on Wednesday advised lawmakers on how federal relief aid can help bridge educational gaps among children who are homeless and in foster care during the pandemic. “While housing is critical, housing alone does not close the educational gap faced by students who have experienced homelessness,” Jennifer Erb-Downward, […]

Your questions about Minnesota’s $525 million education funding boost, answered

BY: - May 20, 2021

The $525 million increase in education spending that Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders agreed to Monday is a far cry from lawmakers’ initial proposals — and just a framework that leaves lots of work ahead. The budget deal is a “numbers only” agreement, so legislators still have to develop detailed spending plans, finalize policy […]

Walz, legislative leaders agree to $525 million in new education spending

BY: - May 17, 2021

Legislative leaders agreed to $525 million in new education spending over the next two years as part of the “numbers only” budget deal announced Monday. The global budget agreement struck by Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka sets the framework for lawmakers to develop a detailed education budget […]