Teacher tenure protected in Minnesota ruling

By   /  October 27, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of teacher tenure has been dismissed by a Minnesota judge. The lawsuit, filed by four families in conjunction with the Partnership for Educational Justice and Students for Education Reform Minnesota, claimed that teacher tenure laws protect ineffective teachers and deprive low-income and minority students of a high-quality education. “The parent plaintiffs,” said […]

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Minnesota Board of Teaching held in contempt of court

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments

Minnesota’s Board of Teaching, an 11-member panel that licenses teachers, has been held in contempt of court for failing to offer an alternative licensing program for out-of-state teachers. “The Court does not take the granting of sanctions lightly and would far have preferred Defendant to simply follow the law,” Ramsey County District Court Judge Shawn M. Bartsh wrote […]

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Prince’s educational legacy

By   /  April 24, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments

Among those mourning the death last week of Prince were those in the school choice community whom he inspired. The High School for the Recording Arts in St Paul, Minnesota, released a statement saying that the “history of the charter school is inextricably connected to the artist known as Prince, and his spirit has always permeated through the […]

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Vergara overturned, but teacher tenure conversation changed forever

By   /  April 15, 2016  /  California, Education, Minnesota, National, News  /  No Comments

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The same week a state appellate court overturned a lower court’s ruling that barred teacher tenure, four families in Minnesota filed a similar lawsuit questioning the fairness of tenure laws and last in-first out policies. “There’s no doubt though that [Vergara v. California] has already changed the conversation,” Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, told […]

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Study suggests that school choice reduces criminal activity

By   /  February 19, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

A study of Milwaukee’s school choice voucher program has found that students taking advantage of vouchers are less likely to become involved in criminal activity. The study compared students enrolled in Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program to Minneapolis Public School students. The data shows that the longer  students are enrolled in the voucher program, the less likely they are to […]

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Teachers unions stage ‘walk-in’ action to protest budgets — and competition

By   /  February 17, 2016  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Teachers union members and their supporters staged “walk-in” demonstrations at sites around the country Wednesday, ostensibly to rally support for more spending on public education. But organizers couldn’t resist using the occasion to take a few jabs at charter schools, too. In Chicago, events were held at more than 200 schools, designed to get the attention of […]

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