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It’s Time to Deliver for Our Public Schools

The following guest post was written by John Vento, school board member from Robbinsdale Area Schools and chair of AMSD. When the 2017 legislative session convened last January, there were high hopes that state policymakers would build on the investments and funding reforms that were adopted in the 2015 legislative session. With a projected $1.65 billion

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Minneapolis, St. Paul school districts aren’t alone in budget-balancing mode

Star Tribune article by Anthony Lonetree and Beena Raghavendran Tough questions and high emotions have been at the center of budget talks in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts, but other school systems also share an unpopular assignment: They’ve got shortfalls to erase. A survey released Friday by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts shows that 27

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Six east metro school districts changing leadership this summer

Pioneer Press article by Christopher Magan When St. Paul Public Schools chose Joe Gothard as its new superintendent last week, it created a job opening. It won’t be alone. Besides St. Paul and Burnsville, four other east metro districts are getting new superintendents this summer.The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district, where Gothard has been superintendent since 2013, will now have

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Metro superintendents enlist the public for ideas to address inequities, segregation

MinnPost article by Erin Hinrichs As legislators debate the gamut of education issues at the Capitol, a series of grass-roots conversations are taking place at schools and community centers in the surrounding suburbs that may set the groundwork for education policy work next session. Gathered inside a cafeteria at Osseo Senior High Tuesday evening, students,

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Do Minnesota schools need more money or reforms?

Pioneer Press article by Christopher Magan Gov. Mark Dayton’s latest two-year state spending plan makes one thing clear: Education will remain a top priority during his final term. The governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes more than $900 million in new money for public schools, state colleges and universities. That’s 75 percent of the $1.2 billion in new