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 […]

Minnesota researchers craft proposal to improve child care access

BY: - May 13, 2021

Two University of Minnesota researchers say they’ve developed a plan to ensure all families have access to high-quality child care, regardless of income or employment. The proposal from economists Elizabeth Davis and Aaron Sojourner, published Wednesday, calls for permanently expanding existing early childhood education programs, capping families’ spending based on income and creating a uniform […]

Senate GOP, school choice advocates push new voucher-style program in Minnesota

BY: - May 5, 2021

Republicans want to put Minnesota on the front lines of school choice innovation again with a new program that would give families state money to pay for private school tuition, textbooks and school supplies. These “education savings accounts” have been championed by conservatives nationwide as the new frontier in school choice and sparked the interest […]

Walz calls on Minnesota Senate to pass summer learning package

BY: - May 4, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz called on the state Senate on Tuesday to pass his $150 million summer learning package, which the House passed in March. The package includes state and federal funding for summer school and other measures aimed at mitigating students’ learning losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The GOP-led Senate has balked at the […]

Education Secretary Cardona talks trust, testing and police in schools at journalism conference

BY: - May 4, 2021

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona spoke with reporters Monday about the effects of the pandemic on education and how to help students recover from the tumultuous year. Cardona, who stepped into his role two months ago, participated in a discussion during the annual conference of the Education Writers Association, a national organization for education journalists. Cardona […]

Survey: 40% of families of middle, high school students say not much learning this year

BY: - April 28, 2021

Minnesota teachers, families and students identified mental health and learning as top challenges this school year in a new statewide survey. Overall, teachers were more optimistic than families about how much students learned during the past year of disrupted school.  The survey asked teachers, administrators, students and family members about the challenges and successes of […]