Opinion

Money was not mentioned by any of the more than 30 educators who responded to a question I asked about the first month of school. Each of them described the most important things that families can do in September. Everything they suggested is free: helping students set goals, establishing routines, learning something yourself, talking positively [...]

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A five-point plan to close the high school graduation gap between white and and non-white high school students was unveiled Monday, Aug. 18, by Generation Next, a coalition of influential education, nonprofit, governmental and business leaders. This plan, which includes a surprising screening of 3-year-olds for health and emotional issues in selected Minneapolis and St. [...]

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by John Kline Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune Around Minnesota teachers, parents, and students are preparing for a new school year. While the back-to-school season is a time of excitement and promise, it’s also a time when the difficulties confronting many classrooms come into sharp focus. As the representative of Minnesota’s 2nd District [...]

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Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: • Make much more use of highly successful schools. • Share results sooner with teachers. • Use a broader array of assessments. Results [...]

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Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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More people in our communities are living longer. What are we going to do about them? This will be a central issue for community leaders as the baby boomers retire. We’re told they want to volunteer and get involved in the community where they’ve lived for many years. You can segregate them, put them in [...]

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