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Sarah Lahm

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Sarah is a Minneapolis-based writer and former English instructor. She is the winner of a 2014 Nation Institute Investigate Fund grant, and blogs about education at Bright Light Small City.

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Governor Mark Dayton

Amidst a wave of teacher strikes and union-government showdowns, Minnesota’s progressive leader tries a different tack. more

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The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal. more

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The Schott Foundation is offering a seismic shift in how policy makers, philanthropists and the general public can create better schools. more

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Sarah Lahm

In 1946, St. Paul’s teachers union was the first in U.S. history to go on strike. More than 70 years later, they face similar problems—and are preparing to walk out once more. more

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Ted Eytan

Before she was pushed to the ground and handcuffed, one teacher dared to stand up (twice) at a school board meeting and ask how it could justify a $38,000 superintendent salary raise. She’s just the beginning. more

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Fibonacci Blue

Lyndale Community School has been a “a very special home" to Somali students for decades. Now it could go the way of integrated public schools around the country. more

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MN House Archives

New federal education policy encourages states like Minnesota to punish those in K-12 and higher education who want to resist high-stakes standardized testing. more

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Steve Cohen

In 2016, Minneapolis activist Carin Mrotz helped scrub a swastika off a garage in Minneapolis. What happened next was a virulent lesson in how Nazi sympathizers operate today more

Magazine

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It’s not about student success. It’s about pushing privatized, market forces onto public institutions to make a buck. more

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Over 246 higher education sites are being investigated for Title IX “sexual-violence complaints.” In comparison, over 135 K-12 school districts are currently under investigation for similar complaints. more

Public School Shakedown

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Agonizing over public school budget woes, a teacher takes on an unexpected target. more

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Ted Eytan

She said those who turned out to protest her appearance were nothing more than “defenders of the status quo,” bent on causing trouble for others—like ALEC members and DeVos—who are “capable of real change.” more

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"All welcome here." more

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Parents want communication, not standardization. more

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The opt-out numbers are so high that whatever data is being gathered from testing is useless in terms of representing district-wide learning. more

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Sarah Lahm

An early morning rally in front of Minneapolis’s Green Central Community School brings together parents, students, teachers and advocates for racial, economic and immigration justice. “Our schools have to be sanctuaries.” more

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Beyond saying “no” to Betsy DeVos, what are progressives doing for public education? Two places to watch. more

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Public school supporters saw victories in lawsuits, referendums, and school board elections. more

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October 6th "walk-in" at Roosevelt High School in Minnesota, by Minneapolis Public Schools more

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