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Video: Walking In for Schools Children Deserve
By Briana Johnson February 03, 2014

St. Paul teachers want smaller class sizes, Pre-K for all kids, and staffing that helps educate the whole child. Based on input from parents…

Five Ways City Leaders Can Promote Education Equity
By Michael Diedrich January 28, 2014

The Minneapolis mayoral campaign featured education as a key policy, and Saint Paul's mayor promises to make education a significant issue for his third…

How Do We Keep the Teachers We Need?
By Michael Diedrich January 21, 2014

“It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever have done.” It’s a message I got before I started teaching. While I don’t rule out the possibility…

MnSCU’s New Plan: Charting Whose Future?
By Matthew Filner, Guest Commentary January 15, 2014

In the past few years, a reform effort has been advancing that will dramatically alter how Minnesota delivers higher education. The recently adopted report…

Why Does the Common Core Make People So Mad?
By Michael Diedrich January 14, 2014

The Common Core State Standards have been pitched as everything from the Great Savior to the Great Demon of U.S. public education. This has…

The Year Ahead in Ed
By Michael Diedrich January 07, 2014

As we look ahead to 2014, I see three major education policy areas that will attract attention. Discipline and Anti-Bullying Policy Reform For too…

Not Reform. Just an Attack with Extra Racism.
By Michael Diedrich December 12, 2013

There are progressives with whom I disagree on education reform. There are conservatives with whom I disagree on education reform. And then there’s this.…

Video: Safe Supportive Schools
By Briana Johnson December 11, 2013

Students, staff and community supporters gathered at Central High in Saint Paul in support of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. A comprehensive…

Local Lessons: Five Case Studies in Community-Driven Education Reform
By Michael Diedrich December 10, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Despite the rhetoric from national school reformers, with their grand plans to overhaul education, some of…

A Student, Two Teachers and the Limits of Test-Based Education
By Michael Diedrich December 03, 2013

Here’s a piece by a Massachusetts student, discussing her education's gradual erosion as test-based practices made their way through that state's school system. It’s…

More School Budget Cuts Averted
By Jeff Van Wychen December 02, 2013

Going into the 2013 legislative session, real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) per pupil state operating aid to Minnesota school districts were slated for another decline on…

Beyond Educational Isolation: Do We Work Together or Fight Each Other?
By Michael Diedrich November 27, 2013

Here’s my attempt at an appropriately Thanksgiving-related hook. This is a holiday stereotypically fraught with contradictions. What is billed as a holiday about coming…

So Much Data, So Little Information
By Michael Diedrich November 19, 2013

Data, data, data, is the word of the movement in education policy these days. If some is good, more must be better, and we’ll…

Behind the Headlines of Teacher Quality Research
By Michael Diedrich November 12, 2013

“It works!” That’s what we all want to hear. In education reform, the stakes are high, the equity gaps are increasingly well-known, and the…

Video: The Levy Ballots Are In
By Briana Johnson November 11, 2013

Minnesota voters approved 88% of their recent education levies, one of the best approval rates Minnesota schools have had in the past 30 years.…

A Decade of School Funding Cuts Reversed
By Jeff Van Wychen November 11, 2013

Download report (pdf) View online at Scribd After a decade of cuts in real (i.e., inflation adjusted) per pupil state support for K-12 education,…

Your Ed Reform To-Do List
By Michael Diedrich November 05, 2013

One of the things that confounded me when I first jumped into debates about education reform was how quick people were to dismiss those…

Poverty, Complexity, Responsibility, and the Soul of Education Reform
By Michael Diedrich October 29, 2013

At first glance, poverty is an unlikely flashpoint in the great progressive debate about schools. All good progressives oppose poverty, right? Yet to hear…

Grading on a Twisted Curve
By Michael Diedrich October 22, 2013

Who do you see about giving the grading system a failing grade? Oklahoma is one of the states that’s instituted an A-F grading system…

Authority vs. Capacity in Education
By Michael Diedrich October 15, 2013

Most people can agree that we have an equity problem in education outcomes. Agreeing on the causes of the problem has proved more difficult,…

Who Questions the Test Questioners?
By Michael Diedrich October 10, 2013

For a public service, too much standardized testing operates behind a veil of secrecy. We have a more polite term for it—“test security”—but what…

Five more years of inequity?
By Steve D. Fletcher October 08, 2013

Last week, the Minneapolis Public Schools held its first of several planned public meetings to introduce its new five year plan. Initial reaction from…

Reform Case Study: Gender Inequities at Harvard
By Michael J. Diedrich October 01, 2013

Even inside the walls of Harvard, you can’t escape educational inequity. Setting aside all of the equity concerns in the K-12 system and the…

America’s Most Equitable Scores Come From…
By Michael Diedrich September 24, 2013

...the Department of Defense Education Activity schools! When I started digging into Minnesota's relative test score gap size, I wanted to pay attention to…

Video: What’s for Lunch?
By Briana Johnson September 23, 2013

The Minneapolis public school district has improved the quality of food served in the cafeteria, now providing a variety of fresh meat, fruits and…

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