Archive for the ‘Policy Updates’ Category

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

With under a week left of the regular legislative session, the Minnesota House and Senate are still working behind the […]

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

The COVID-19 crisis has caused ripple effects across the education system, raising significant questions and challenges for the teacher licensure […]

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

Minnesota students have been distance learning for about a month and are set to continue through at least the remainder […]

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

More than a week after Minnesota signed broad COVID-19 response legislation into law, the state’s House and Senate education committees […]

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

After swift action to secure bipartisan agreement at the federal level, legislators passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security […]

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MN Education During COVID-19: Legislative Action Coming

After going on hiatus March 17, legislators announced they will reconvene for one day. On Thursday, March 26 they will […]

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MN Education Policy in the Time of COVID-19

Just over a month ago, policymakers began the 2020 legislative session eager to advance a range of legislative priorities. Now, […]

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March 2020 Research Rundown

Welcome to EdAllies’ March Research Rundown; our curated list of recent, relevant research we think is worth adding to the […]

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What’s in the Governor’s Education Bill?

This week, legislators held a hearing on the Governor’s education policy bill (HF3186). The bill contains several policies that will […]

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EdAllies’ 2020 Priorities at the Capitol

The 2020 legislative session starts today, and policymakers have already identified their top priorities for the year. At EdAllies, we’re […]

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2019 Charter Legislative Update

During the 2019 legislative session, several bills passed with a direct impact on charter schools, and many more were considered […]

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The 2019 Education Bill: What Made the Cut?

After going into overtime, the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its work for the year proving, once again, that the only […]

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7 Education Debates to Watch as the Legislature Wraps Up

With two weeks left in Minnesota’s 2019 legislative session (assuming we don’t head into a special session), our divided Legislature […]

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Changes to Tiered Licensure Would Push Me Out of Public Schools

There’s been plenty of talk, and disagreement, about proposed changes to Minnesota’s new tiered licensure system: some people say the […]

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Keep Great Teachers in the Classroom. Period.

With teachers being the most important in-school factor for student success, “Who should lead our classrooms?” is no small question. In answering […]

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3 Simple Ways to Make the Most of the MCAs

As a 15-year veteran public school teacher and a parent, I know just how important the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are. […]

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

This week, the Legislature held a hearing on HF 824, the Increase Teachers of Color Act, which seeks to double […]

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

The new 2019 Minnesota Teacher Supply and Demand report shines a light on Minnesota’s dire shortage of teachers of color, and […]

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

The 2019 state legislative session kicked off last Tuesday, and policymakers have already laid out some of their top policy […]

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

Minnesota’s teacher licensure system used to be broken, confusing, and especially unwelcoming to out-of-state educators. That is, until a new, […]

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

Minnesota recently launched a completely new system for identifying struggling schools, and for supporting them to improve. Dubbed North Star, the […]

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Final Countdown: Update on Minnesota’s Teacher Licensure Overhaul

I’ve been working on reforming Minnesota’s broken teacher licensure system for nearly a decade, so forgive me if I’m a […]

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

As the 2018 legislative session was winding down, I reported out on key provisions that the Legislature had proposed to […]

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

For the past week, a legislative conference committee has been working to reconcile the differences between education bills that the […]

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

We’re nearing the end of another lively legislative session. In the coming weeks, the state’s senators and representatives will work […]

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What Broadband Infrastructure’s Got to Do with Educational Equity

In conversations about opportunity gaps, I very rarely hear about one tool that has become increasingly critical to student success, […]

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

The 2018 state legislative session is well under way and education has again become a priority for our lawmakers. While […]

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

Working in education policy, I spend a lot of time navigating Minnesota’s school report card. As a community member, I […]

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EdAllies at the Capitol: Our 2018 Priorities

The 2018 legislative session kicked off on Feb. 20, and since it’s a short session, things are already in full […]

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

Is Minnesota doing enough to make sure low-income students and students of color have equitable access to effective teachers? Or […]

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Urge Trump Administration to Close Discipline Disparities

Last Friday, the United States Commission on Civil Rights held a daylong hearing to investigate how school pushout disproportionately harms […]

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

This week, after a year and a half of planning, the Minnesota Department of Education submitted our state’s Every Student […]

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Act Now: Call for Stronger Accountability and Transparency Under ESSA

By now, you’ve probably heard that the Minnesota Department of Education has released its draft plan for the federal Every […]

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Your Voice Needed: ESSA Plan Open to Public Comment

After over a year of community meetings and committees, the Minnesota Department of Education has released its draft plan to […]

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A Call for Transparency in MN’s ESSA Plan

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) presented to the Legislature its draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds […]

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ICYMI: 6 Education Policy Changes to Watch

Although Minnesota’s 2017 legislative session has technically been over for weeks, the Legislature and governor have some lingering disagreements, which […]

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Progress (Finally) for Teacher Prep in Minnesota

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery,” quipped […]

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

Although the dust is still settling on the 2017 state legislative session, I wanted to provide a brief update on […]

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Take 2: A Guide to Proposed Teacher Licensure Changes

Last week, I wrote about HF140, a bipartisan proposal to make teacher licensure more transparent, clarify and, in many ways, […]

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A Guide to Proposed Teacher Licensure Changes

Last year, a groundbreaking report from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Affairs confirmed what educators and their advocates had long […]

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

What a recent Pioneer Press article said represents, “one of the biggest reforms to state education policy in recent history,” […]

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

On Friday, Gov. Dayton vetoed HF890, the omnibus E-12 education appropriations bill. While this bill got a lot right for […]

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Why We Support Expanding School Choice—If Done Right

As Minnesota legislators debate if and how to create “Opportunity Scholarships” for low-income children to attend independent schools, I can’t […]

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

Since the 2017 state legislative kicked off in January, EdAllies has been working to ensure that state legislators do what’s […]

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