education

Here’s good news for Minnesota students, families and taxpayers about closing achievement gaps and improving high school graduation rates. State data shows dramatically better high school graduation rates for students who take at least 240 hours of career technical courses – that’s between two or three courses. These can be great opportunities for “hands on [...]

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The year 2013 brought good news for education. The Minnesota Legislature approved additional funds for early childhood education and for all-day kindergarten. Eighty-six percent of local school levies were approved. Money borrowed from school districts during poor economic times have been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series of editorials last year, advocated these [...]

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Happy new year to all! I hope your 2014 is starting out well for you and your family. It is certainly starting out well for your school district; we have much to look forward to this year. In fact, we are already looking forward to celebrating the Sunrise River School staff, students, and families. As [...]

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As we start a new year, it’s time to ask some tough questions. Over the past year, I have seen more and more examples of education systems that don’t seem to be serving at least some students. Some systems seem to be putting a priority on protecting the way things used to be, above the [...]

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On Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the North Branch Area High School auditorium, Anoka Ramsey Community College Financial Aid Director Sean Johns will provide information on paying for college, including how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. He will also explain how FAFSA determines student eligibility for grants, loans [...]

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Looking back over 2013, I think Minnesota parents, policymakers, taxpayers and educators sent each other three major, memorable messages about public schools. Column readers sent me more than 1,000 comments in 2013. Your messages helped me reach these conclusions: –We’re willing to put more money into education, especially if it appears that additional funds will [...]

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