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  Six high school students spoke out last week, and legislators listened. As college costs rise, families are looking for ways to help youngsters be better prepared and earn college credits while still in high school. Richfield High School students Sam Petrov, Beisite Wang, Henry Hoang, Wendy Hughes, Michelle Nguyen and Cherish Kovach – most [...]

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Minnesota’s state one-act play competition generally doesn’t get the attention that some sports receive. But having watched plays, and been in a few, I’d say that drama is one of the most valuable things a youngster can do. So congratulations to the high schools of Eastview of Apple Valley, Eagan, Irondale in New Brighton and [...]

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Can the Minnesota Business Partnership, which focuses on making the best possible use of existing funds, and Parents United, which urges that more money be spent on Minnesota’s public schools, find things they agree on? Can the African American Leadership Forum, which represents more than a thousand Minnesotans, many deeply concerned about public schools, agree [...]

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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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  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: n We’re willing to put more money into education, especially if it appears that additional [...]

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 Congratulations to the many parents, community members and educators who produced a record approval rate of local district referendums. This was a huge amount of work, especially in an economy that is challenging for many Minnesotans. According to the Minnesota School Boards Association, 51 of 59 operating levies were approved. That’s 86.4 percent, higher than [...]

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