Joe Nathan
New ideas, attitudes and opportunities are coming for Minnesota students. That was a central theme at the Feb. 6 “Pathways to Postsecondary” conference, cosponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.  If things work out as state offici...Read More
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It was quite a bipartisan celebration. From Brainerd, Crystal, Golden Valley, Forest Lake, Princeton and the Twin Cities, students and adults danced, sang and spoke at a meeting in St. Paul on Jan. 28 about the value of Minnesota’s various forms public school choice. The ceremony was part of Natio...Read More
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Many things impressed me as I marched with thousands of others in St. Paul on Jan 19, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but what pleased me most were the hundreds of participating families. Parents from cities and suburbs brought their youngsters, some appearing as young as 6 or 7. The parents were th...Read More
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People like Betsy Picciano, Paul Weinzierl, Bill Wilson and John Schultz are among Minnesota’s education heroes. They’re examples of leaders who have used Minnesota’s pioneering laws to help thousands of Minnesota high school students earn free college credit, up to and including a two-year as...Read More
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Sadly, a statewide Minnesota agency has not provided accurate information for more than two years about dual-credit courses that can save families thousands of dollars and help many more students succeed in colleges and universities. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education, or OHE, describes its mi...Read More
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Too many Minnesotans are spending thousands of dollars to earn a degree in fields where there are not many well-paying jobs, and we need to do a far better job of helping more students graduate with some form of higher education certificate or degree. These were two of the strongest messages of a De...Read More
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Regardless of whether you think justice has been done in the lack of an indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the case provides an important “teachable moment” for our students. Polls find Americans are deeply divided about the outcome of the ...Read More
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