- Admission Possible expands into North Metro suburbs. AP is an college-prep organization that works in schools to get low-income students ready for college, and guides them through the admissions process. (Star-Tribune)
- The St Paul Public Schools’ Board of Education gets an update on how they can spend federal stimulus dollars. The district expects to receive $29 million, but because of strings attached to the funding, it will not prevent layoffs planned to close the district’s $25 million budget shortfall, caused by declining enrollment, which reduces the amount of aid a school district receives from the state. (Pioneer Press)
- Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks more about how he’d like to see schools spend the stimulus money. (Education Week)
- Remember the Pioneer Press’ recent series on how hyper-competitive school sports have become? The Star-Tribune has a piece on the pricey “spring training” trips to Florida taken by some high school sports teams. (Star-Tribune)
- Tom Doher of Education Minnesota (the state teacher’s union) doesn’t like the Senate’s education budget. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t really like any of the big three budget proposals – from the House, Senate, and Governor – circulating around the State House. He also doesn’t really answer Cathy Wurzer’s questions (and she doesn’t press him further) about why districts can’t use their reserves to make up payment shifts, and how he proposes to close the education budget gap. He definitely does not like Q-Comp, though, and argues that it will increase inequity in the classroom, and between districts. Look for more on this, later. (MPR)
I think I’ll have to try to make this recipe: artichokes braised in lemon and olive oil. One of my favorite foods as a kid was Artichokes boiled with peppercorns, and served with a mustard-herb vinaigrette, so maybe I’m biased, but my mouth watered when I read that post!
Filed under: Minneapolis, Minnesota, National, St Paul, Admission Possible, Arne Duncan, Education, Education Funding, Food, School Sports, Stimulating Stimuli, Tom Doher
Photo: Smitten Kitchen
Good afternoon (eesh! I need to get this out earlier!), and welcome to Tuesday’s Schools News Round-up. A short selection of stories today, followed by a truly unbreakable bread recipe:
- In the absence of much news out of the Minnesota Department of Education about how they are planning for federal stimulus dollars, we turn to Illinois and Georgia for examples of what other states are thinking. (Chicago Tribune / Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Minneapolis, Minnesota, National, Achievement Gap, Budget Crisis, College Access, Education, Education Funding, Food, News, Performance Pay, Stimulating Stimuli, Teacher Quality
The Washburn Millers
(Photo: MPS/Washburn High)
- First, a big congratulations to Millers Boys’ Basketball team from Minneapolis’ Washburn High School! At the Target Center this weekend, they beat out Mankato West, 58-45, to win the state AAA high school basketball tournament. To get there, they beat out St Paul’s Johnson High School, Grand Rapids High School, and the Academy of Holy Angels, a catholic school in Richfield. This is their first championship win since 1994. An interesting tidbit — they were coached by Reggie Perkins, a former Harlem Globetrotter.
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Filed under: Minneapolis, Minnesota, National, St Paul, Charter Schools, Education, Education Funding, Education Reform, Food, Hamas, LGBT, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnesota, News, Religion, Somali, Stimulating Stimuli, Washburn High School
Why toasty, if the thermometer didn’t break 30 degrees today in the Twin Cities? Read on, dear reader!
Photo: Hungry Bruno
Filed under: Minneapolis, Minnesota, National, St Paul, Education, Education Funding, Food, MCA, Minneapolis Public Schools, News, Q Comp, St Paul Public Schools, Stimulating Stimuli, Teacher Quality