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Star Tribune: School closings bring relief for some, challenges for others

From: Star Tribune Some parents question whether an eight-day closure mandated Sunday by Gov. Tim Walz — effective Wednesday until March 27 — is enough to isolate and combat the coronavirus outbreak. But other districts are leaning on past and upcoming spring breaks to extend the closure.

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MPR: After school-closure announcement, teachers and districts across Minnesota get to work

From: Minnesota Public Radio: Gov. Walz and other state officials said the school closure, through March 27, is intended to allow educators to prepare for the possibility of longer-term online education. But not all students and teachers have those resources, or as smooth a transition to online learning.

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SESSION DAILY: Precaution: Legislature to be ‘on-call’ for four weeks

From: House Session Daily: House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park), House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown), Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) and Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) announced Sunday the Legislature will work by alternate means until April 14.

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Star Tribune Editorial: Closing K-12 schools is the right call for Minnesota

From: Star Tribune Difficult decisions lie ahead for medical providers and political leaders as COVID-19 spreads in Minnesota and elsewhere. Gov. Tim Walz’s administration has provided an early example of how to think through these challenges and come up with solutions that balance competing interests.

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Metro area school districts face significant budget shortfalls

More than $93 million in combined budget shortfalls projected for the 2020-21 school year SAINT PAUL — A new survey of 41 school districts that are members of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) projects combined budget shortfalls of more than $93 million for the 2020-21 school year. The survey assumes the Legislature will