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

A few weeks ago, I was stopped by a cop while walking to school. I was taking my usual route […]

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Daniel Sellers

Shape our work for MN students. Join Community Allies.

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Kay Comeaux

3 Steps for a Better Education Conversation

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Andrea Roethke

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

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Sandhya Kumar

Student Voice: Making Good Students and Citizens Through Community Involvement

Andrea Roethke

Meet Our 2018-19 EdFellows

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Guest Post

Veronica Rivera

The Lesson That Took Me 12 School Open Houses to Learn

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Jessica Mendoza

Connecting Students with Community: My Story & Call to Action

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Brandie Burris-Gallagher

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

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Brandie Burris-Gallagher

Centering the School Integration Conversation on What Matters Most

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Daniel Sellers

Final Countdown: Update on Minnesota’s Teacher Licensure Overhaul

Josh Crosson

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

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Josh Crosson

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

Josh Crosson

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

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Guest Post

Hannah Erickson

What Broadband Infrastructure’s Got to Do with Educational Equity

Josh Crosson

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

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Daniel Sellers

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

Daniel Sellers

EdAllies at the Capitol: Our 2018 Priorities

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Guest Post

Jessica Mendoza

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

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Guest Post

Ryan Williams-Virden

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

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Ariana Kiener

Dr. Howard Fuller Cuts Through the Noise on Parent Choice

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Guest Post

Melissa Schoenberg

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

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Latoya Reid

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

Josh Crosson

Caucus to Get Education Equity in Your Party’s Platform

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Brandie Burris-Gallagher

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

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Andrea Roethke

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

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Guest Post

Ryan Williams-Virden

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

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Josh Crosson

Urge Trump Administration to Close Discipline Disparities

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Guest Post

Hannah Erickson

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

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Brandie Burris-Gallagher

Concerns Over Charters and School Segregation are Misplaced

teacher licensure

Guest Post

Troy Haugen

An Open Letter to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

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Ariana Kiener

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

Guest Post

Ryan Williams-Virden

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

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Jessica Mendoza

Engaging Youth and Using Alternatives to End School Pushout

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Josh Crosson

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

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Andrea Roethke

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

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Daniel Sellers

Standing with Dreamers

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Guest Post

Ryan Williams-Virden

Stop Lying! Telling the Truth About School Choice

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Matt Batesky

What’s in a Name? Five Ways to Affirm Students’ Identities

Daniel Sellers

Minnesota Students, Educators, and Advocates Reflect on Charlottesville

Andrea Roethke

Act Now: Call for Stronger Accountability and Transparency Under ESSA

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Daniel Sellers

Minnesota MCA Results Were Flat (Again). Where Do We Go From Here?

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Andrea Roethke

Your Voice Needed: ESSA Plan Open to Public Comment

Ariana Kiener

Meet the First Class of EdVoices

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Andrea Roethke

A Call for Transparency in MN’s ESSA Plan

Daniel Sellers

ICYMI: 6 Education Policy Changes to Watch

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Guest Post

Troy Haugen

Progress (Finally) for Teacher Prep in Minnesota

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Daniel Sellers

An Unprecedented End of Session: What We Know (and What We Don’t)

Josh Crosson

Take 2: A Guide to Proposed Teacher Licensure Changes

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Josh Crosson

A Guide to Proposed Teacher Licensure Changes

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Daniel Sellers

So, What Would the Proposed Teacher Licensure Overhaul Actually Do?

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Daniel Sellers

Gov. Dayton Vetoed the Education Funding Bill. Now What?

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Brandie Burris-Gallagher

Why We Support Expanding School Choice—If Done Right

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Josh Crosson

Capitol Update: What’s Happening with Teacher Licensure, Early Learning, & More