Families, educators, and students themselves need a voice in conversations about education practices and policymaking. Through the EdAllies blog, we elevate diverse perspectives to foster a candid dialogue about what students need and how schools can support them. We also regularly report back on our policy work, keeping our partners in-the-know on key issues.

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Ensuring Equity: Emergency Funds and Summer Learning on the Way for MN Schools

Last week, Governor Walz announced how he will prioritize Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act emergency support dedicated […]

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Guest Post

Michelle Koffa

2020 Session Wrap-Up: What Passed, What Didn’t (and What Still Has a Chance)?

Distance Learning Pulls Back the Curtain on What Teachers Have Always Known

May 2020 Research Rundown

Will Key COVID-19 Education Bill Pass Before Session Adjourns?

Finding My Place in Project-Based Learning and Social Justice During a Pandemic

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Teacher Licensure During COVID-19: Barriers to Student Teaching, Renewals, and More

More Than Just a Building: Getting By When School Supports Shift

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Guest Post

Michelle Koffa

Minnesota, We Have a Problem: Students Need Internet Access for Distance Learning

Minnesota Distance Learning Plans by the Numbers

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Why Distance Learning Can’t Always Come First: A Student Perspective

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April 2020 Research Rundown

Guest Post

Krista Kaput

Learning from National Innovators Part 2: Educating Students Under COVID-19

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MN Legislators Ready to Act on K-12: How House and Senate Proposals Compare 

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What Does the Federal CARES Act Mean for Education in MN?

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5 Things I’ve Learned So Far in the Dash to Distance Learning

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MN Education During COVID-19: Legislative Action Coming

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Learning from National Innovators: Educating Students Under COVID-19

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MN Education Policy in the Time of COVID-19

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March 2020 Research Rundown

10 Things All Teachers Should Learn in Teacher Prep

What’s in the Governor’s Education Bill?

February 2020 Research Rundown

EdAllies’ 2020 Priorities at the Capitol

Our Kids Deserve More than “Just OK”

EdAllies Names Josh Crosson Executive Director

January 2020 Research Rundown

Can We Measure Student Engagement? Yes, and We Should!

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December 2019 Research Rundown

Talking Education Justice: A Recap of 8 Black Hands Live

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November 2019 Research Rundown

New Report Undercounts Minnesota’s Teachers of Color

Why I Built My Classroom Around Personalized Learning and How You Can Too


Not Your Grandma’s Book Club: Unsettling the Status Quo in Education

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October 2019 Research Rundown

As a New Father, Minnesota’s Failure to Support and Educate Black Children is Front and Center

Minnesota Leads the Charge in Counting All Kids

My Daughter’s Disability Was Not Her Destiny—and the Right School Made all the Difference

September 2019 Research Rundown

2019 Charter Legislative Update

Excluded and Exaggerated Data Hides the Real State of Our Students

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The Quiet Kids Still Need You

Why We Must Decolonize Civics

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For Students of Color with Special Needs, Action on School Discipline is Urgent

Taking a Hard Look at Data and Making Harder Choices

Graduation rates are up. Are our expectations?

The 2019 Education Bill: What Made the Cut?

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Classroom Diversity: Broadening Our Definition to Better Prepare Students

Instead of Locking Our Classroom Doors to Students, Let’s Give Them the Key

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7 Education Debates to Watch as the Legislature Wraps Up

Changes to Tiered Licensure Would Push Me Out of Public Schools

Keep Great Teachers in the Classroom. Period.

3 Simple Ways to Make the Most of the MCAs

White Educators in Minnesota: We Need to Step Up

Which Students and Schools Are in the Cruz-Guzman Lawsuit?

Hey Minnesota: Let’s Not Push Teachers of Color Out of the Classroom


What’s Working Best to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color in MN

2019 Legislative Session: What We’re Working on for MN Kids

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While Adults Talk About Teacher Diversity, Nothing is Changing for Youth of Color

Closing the Education Gap by Helping Kids Love Learning


Can You Teach in MN? With Tiered Licensure, the Answer Should Now Be Clear

It’s Time to Demand Change for Our Children. Here’s How.

Why School Was the Last Place I Wanted to Be After Being Stopped by a Cop

Shape Our Work for MN Students. Join Community Allies.


3 Steps for a Better Education Conversation


How is Your School Doing? How Parents Can Use “North Star”

Student Voice: Making Good Students and Citizens Through Community Involvement

Meet Our 2018-19 EdFellows


The Lesson That Took Me 12 School Open Houses to Learn

Connecting Students with Community: My Story & Call to Action


Cruz-Guzman is Headed to Trial. Here’s What You Need to Know


Centering the School Integration Conversation on What Matters Most

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Final Countdown: Update on Minnesota’s Teacher Licensure Overhaul

What Education Proposals Landed on the Governor’s Cutting Room Floor (and Why)


The Education Conference Report is Out: Here’s What You Need to Know

Conference Committee is Under Way: Where do Key Education Issues Stand?


What Broadband Infrastructure’s Got to Do with Educational Equity

What’s the Legislature up to on Education? Your Mid-Session Recap


Why We’re Standing with Parents in Calling for Summative School Ratings

EdAllies at the Capitol: Our 2018 Priorities


Getting Ready for College? Here are a Few Things to Expect


Is School Integration About Helping Kids of Color Learn or Propping Up Whiteness?


Dr. Howard Fuller Cuts Through the Noise on Parent Choice


Why I Want Teachers of Color for Minnesota Kids & What I’m Doing About It

6 Tips to Help You Advocate for Your Child’s Education

Caucus to Get Education Equity in Your Party’s Platform


The Court’s Role in Education: Why the Cruz-Guzman Lawsuit is a Big Deal


USDOE: MN’s ESSA Plan Needs Work on School Quality & Equity


True Life: Teacher Prep Didn’t Prepare Me to Teach

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Urge Trump Administration to Close Discipline Disparities


Bullying is Complex. How We Talk About it Needs to be, Too.


Concerns Over Charters and School Segregation are Misplaced

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An Open Letter to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

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6 Reasons Why the “Parents Just Need to be More Involved” Argument Needs to Go

But Can They Read? Why We Should Care About Student Test Scores

Engaging Youth and Using Alternatives to End School Pushout


Minnesota, It’s Time to Break Up With the ACT


Minnesota’s ESSA Plan: What Changed, What Didn’t, and What Still Can


Standing with Dreamers

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Stop Lying! Telling the Truth About School Choice