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Metropolitan State appoints field experience coordinator

Metropolitan State appoints field experience coordinator

 

Eric Fotsch, Minneapolis, was appointed field experience coordinator in Metropolitan State University’s Urban Teacher Program, College of Professional Studies, by President Sue K. Hammersmith.  This appointment was
effective Jan. 11.

Fotsch coordinates all levels of field experience, including student teaching, for candidates in nine licensure programs in order to meet program and state requirements.  He arranges field placements in early childhood through high school settings, establishes district, school and community partnerships, coordinates compliance of clinical field policies and coordinates supervision of teacher candidates in the field.

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MSU appoints Fotsch to fi eld experience coordinator

MSU appoints Fotsch to fi eld experience coordinator

January 20 was an exciting day in Minneapolis, as national leaders visited to focus on the work that we do every day to prepare students for college and career. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited South High School to talk with the senior class and their parents about college affordability and the new simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken and Mayor R.T. Rybak, who have consistently demonstrated their support for Minneapolis schools, also addressed students. Visit the MPS website to view our video of the event

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Rep. Ellison supports bill to protect current student loan rates


Hearing President Obama’s call to keep college education attainable for all, Rep. Keith Ellison cosponsored a bill to extend the reduced interest rate for Federal Direct Stafford Loans.

The bill, H.R. 3826, comes on the heels of the President’s State of the Union address where he challenged Congress to extend the current loan interest rate of 3.4 percent.

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Candidates for Dist. 58B shared their visions for North Minneapolis and downtown

Candidates for Dist. 58B shared their visions for North Minneapolis and downtown

Residents of North Minneapolis packed the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center to hear from DFL candidates seeing to represent District 58B in the State House.

Four of the five candidates who filed to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Bobby Joe Champion were on hand this past Tuesday and fielded a variety of questions from moderator, Lissa Jones of KMOJ radio.  Several of the questions were supplied by the audience members in attendance. Many focused on education, employment and neighborhood safety.

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Ellison co-sponsors legislation to prevent student loan rate increase

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) last week joined Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) as an original cosponsor of H.R. 3826, which fulfills the President’s State of the Union request to ensure that interest rates for undergraduate Stafford Loans do not double this summer. In 2007, Congress temporarily reduced  Stafford Loan interest rates, but these reductions are set to expire on July 1, leading to a doubling of the current 3.4% rate to 6.8%. This legislation makes the current 3.4% rate permanent for subsidized Stafford loans.

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Two more charter school authorizers approved by Minnesota Department of Education

Twenty-eight charter school authorizers now meet the nationally recognized rigorous state law that brings increased oversight to charter schools

Twenty-eight charter school authorizers have now been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education, including two new authorizers approved by Commissioner Brenda Cassellius on January 19, 2012.


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FAFSA, college affordability and early college program focus of town halls

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 20, hosting two town halls: one focusing on higher education, specifically FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—and college affordability; and the other on creating a world-class cradle to college and career education system.
 

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