Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Association of Metropolitan School Districts

The newsletter includes a feature story from one of our member districts, a column from the board chair and a research article. If you'd like to subscribe to the Connections email distribution list, please email Sara O'Rourke at

November 2017 Issue

  • School District 192: Farmington Area Public Schools Gateway Academy Students Tackle Real-World Challenges through Hands-On Projects
  • Special Education Funding Shortfall Strains School District Budgets

October 2017 Issue

  • Recruiting and Retaining a More Racially Diverse Workforce in Osseo Area Schools
  • Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Submitted

September 2017 Issue

  • Twenty AMSD Districts with Referendums on Ballot
  • School District 622 – North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale: The Leader in Me at Weaver Elementary


August 2017 Issue

  • Rockford Area Schools: Piano Lessons…The Key To Success
  • Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan Released


June 2017 Issue

  • Rochester Public Schools: CTECH – Career and Technical Education Center at Heintz
  • E-12 Education Bill Approved in Special Session


May 2017 Issue

  • Inver Grove Heights Schools Sets Sights on Secondary Design
  • E-12 Conference Committee Agreement Reached – Many School Districts Brace for Budget Reductions


April 2017 Issue

  • Going From ‘Caterpillars to Butterflies’ in Robbinsdale Area Schools
  • House and Senate Education Finance Proposals Fall Short


March 2017 Issue

  • Columbia Heights Public Schools: American Indian Education is a Priority
  • Private School Tax Subsidies Advance Despite Research Showing They are Ineffective


February 2017 Issue

  • Fridley Public Schools’ Stevenson Elementary School Nurtures Early Enthusiasm for Computer Coding
  • Governor Dayton Proposes $604 Million Investment in E-12 Education


January 2017 Issue

  • How Eastern Carver County is Personalizing Learning for Every Student
  • Huge Turnout for AMSD Session Preview


December 2016 Issue

  • Roseville Area Schools Seeks to Connect & Support Youth Via Partners for the Future Initiative
  • Election Brings Major Changes


November 2016 Issue

  • PAKRAT and PAKRAT Read & Roll: A St. Cloud District 742 Success Story
  • School Referendums Play Critical Role in Funding Education Programs, Technology and Facilities


October 2016 Issue

  • SouthWest Metro Intermediate District
  • Survey Shows Strong Support For Investments in Public Education


September 2016 Issue

  • FIRE Academy Strengthens Parents’ Connections to Schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191
  • AMSD Releases Education Guide for 2016 Election


August 2016 Issue

  • Innovation – More than an Idea in Spring Lake Park Schools
  • Kline and Franken Chosen for 2016 Friend Of Public Education Awards


June 2016 Issue

  • Prior Lake Savage’s Glendale Elementary: Innovation Abounds in this 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
  • Minnesota School Board Directors of African Heritage: The Warmth of Fellowship Sparks Visioning Among Directors of Color
  • Supplemental Budget Bill Includes Modest E-12 Investments


May 2016 Issue

  • The Right Student in the Right Program for the Right Reason: Changing Lives at 916 Career Tech
  • Metro Schools Face $50 Million Budget Gap: Education funding proposals currently on table at the Capitol do little to alleviate the projected budget gaps.


April 2016 Issue

  • Manufacturing Machines Find Home in Rockford Area Schools: ‘It’s stunning’
  • Address the Special Education Cross Subsidy


March 2016 Issue

  • AMSD Shares Platform with Metro Legislators
  • Mindfulness Lessons Connect, Empower Students in Elk River Area Schools


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