Archive for the ‘Policy Updates’ Category

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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