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Feb 27th


Education Policy Report signals urgency for education reform in Minnesota

Minnesota education policies earn a "D", ranking drops from 26th to 34th in the nation

National education group StudentsFirst has published its 2014 State Policy Report Card, and Minnesota received a grade of "D" for how well its education policies focus on meeting the needs of students. Rather than rank states based on current student achievement levels, the State Policy Report Card evaluates whether states have the right policy environments in place to best raise academic levels from where they are today.

Good looks may not be the only thing that runs in your family; Glaucoma can too

Good looks may not be the only thing that runs in your family; Glaucoma can tooIt may be easy to see that beauty is deeply rooted in your family tree. But some things that are passed down from generation to generation are not as easily seen—like glaucoma, an eye disease that runs in families and often has no warning signs.

Swati Avasthi: 'We've all absorbed structural racism'

Swati Avasthi: 'We've all absorbed structural racism'Swati Avasthi is a novelist and creative writing professor. When we asked for people to tell us about their experience with classroom discussions of structural racism, here's what she told us:

Extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits now

Extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits nowIn the last few days of this year, most Americans are wrapping up their holiday celebrations and pondering the promise of 2014. But millions of Americans who have been struggling the longest to find work in our slowly recovering economy are now facing deep uncertainty and despair instead of a Happy New Year. The budget deal Congress finally reached in December did not extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed and 1.3 million struggling jobseekers are losing those desperately needed survival benefits on December 28. Unless Congress acts immediately in the new year to extend these benefits, huge numbers of struggling jobseekers will be affected: the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates almost five million jobless workers will lose benefits over the next twelve months. The President's Council of Economic Advisors estimates that if Congress lets emergency unemployment insurance expire, it will cost the economy 240,000 jobs and impact families with 3.6 million children by the end of 2014.

Twyford and Briese win four-year Questbridge scholarships

Twyford and Briese win four-year Questbridge scholarshipsCollege for many high school students is a dream, and for too many students, figuring out how to pay for it is a nightmare.

Zoey Twyford and Tianna Briese, from Minnehaha Academy's senior class, had their dreams come true when they were awarded the Questbridge National College Match Scholarship. The Questbridge National Match Scholarship helps outstanding students from lower income families gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. More than 71 percent of awardees are in the top 5 percent of their high school class. This year there were 440 scholarship recipients from 12,818 applicants around the country.

Black girls overrepresented in confinement and court placement

Black girls overrepresented in confinement and court placementNationwide, African American girls continue to be disproportionately over-represented among girls in confinement and court-ordered residential placements. They are also significantly over-represented among girls who experience exclusionary discipline, such as out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and other punishment. Studies have shown that Black female disengagement from school partially results from racial injustices as well as their status as girls, forming disciplinary patterns that reflect horrendously misinformed and stereotypical perceptions.

High-quality charter schools eligible for expansion, replication grants

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has named 24 top-performing charter schools that are eligible to apply for grants from Minnesota's Federal Charter Schools Program Grant Project to expand and/or replicate their education model.
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