- 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!