Opinion

Mindi Askelson of Riverland Community College calls it a “win-win-win” collaboration. Scott Gengler of Irondale High School in New Brighton reports it’s “very rewarding.” John McDonald of the Kingsland School District believes it’s “a better way of meeting student and family needs.” “It” is the encouraging and growing collaboration between high schools and colleges that [...]

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The Ohio state auditor is investigating the practice of “scrubbing,” or dropping students from attendance rolls so they don’t count against test scores. The former El Paso, Texas, superintendent is in prison for using truant officers to encourage at-risk students to drop out. Other testing scandals have popped up in Mobile, Ala., Dallas, Houston, Detroit, [...]

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As many of you know, Gov. Mark Dayton released his budget proposal to the legislature on Jan. 22. Since then, I have had the opportunity to learn more details about the governor’s proposal. I am deeply concerned that the governor’s budget plan will impact middle-class Minnesotans hardest in their daily lives. Imagine waking in the [...]

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Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius have listened to many parents, educators and advocacy groups. Although I hope legislators will make a few changes in their proposals, the governor’s proposed education budget reflects many suggestions from local and state education leaders described in last week’s column. Proposed increases of more than $600 million [...]

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We might have witnessed a generational sea change the other night at the Golden Globe Awards. Talking about when creator, writer and breakthrough star of HBO’s “Girls,” Lena Dunham, teetered up to the stage on what appeared to be hockey skates sporting a minor array of tattoos leaking out of her ball gown in front [...]

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