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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Minnesota State professors ask lawmakers for more academic freedom protections
Union leaders say they’re worried about restrictions passing in Republican-led states, where lawmakers are limiting what professors can teach about race, gender, other issues.

Albert Lea Tribune
Board looks at strategies for improving student absenteeism
The Albert Lea school board on Monday discussed strategies to improve attendance for students in the district and ways that could continue to expand in the future.

MPR News
Minnesota school districts look to visa program to avoid teacher shortage
There are more 5,000 active job postings in Minnesota schools, according to St. Cloud State University’s EdPost listings. There’s one school district you won’t see on that list: Red Lake Public Schools.

Pine Knot News
Carlton schools explore four-day week
The state department lifted a moratorium on March 14 to allow districts to pursue a four-day week and wanted applications from districts by April 22. The commissioner of education has final say on whether or not a district can move to the shortened school week, something both Two Harbors and Silver Bay practice locally.

Session Daily
Supplemental education finance bill would provide $33 million for READ Act
The READ Act, which was signed into law in 2023 with the goal of having every child reading at or above grade level every year, would receive more than $33 million – with $31.37 million allocated to complete teacher training.

Education Minnesota press releases

Education Minnesota endorses Voegeli for state House

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The political action committee of Education Minnesota has endorsed Dwayne Voegeli, a high school social studies teacher in Winona, for District 26A in the Minnesota House of Representatives.