At St. Cloud Tech, a Combustible Beef Between White Parents and Somali Students Over School Bullying

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Shamso Iman testifies about the racist bullying she experienced through all four years at Tech.

On February 19, Somali students at St. Cloud Technical High School staged a walk-out in protest of a Snapchat photo that circulated showing a Somali kid in a wheelchair with the caption "ISIS."

That prompted representatives from the U.S. Department of Education to swoop into St. Cloud State University on Monday to listen to the problems of Somali students at Tech. What they got was two hours of testimony about being called niggers and taunted about their families' supposed welfare dependence.

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John Kline Keeps Busy Voting to Cut College Grants and Cheating Special Needs Kids

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In John Kline's world, underfunding special needs kids is okay as long as his House committee gets its budget increase.

Minnesota voters are getting their money's worth with Congressman John Kline. The powerful chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has been busy of late.

When he hasn't been tied up cheating Minnesota's special needs kids out of much-needed federal funding, the 67-year-old lawmaker has been voting to hack the number of Pell Grants many of his constituents rely on to pay for college.

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Globe University Charged Students 18 Percent on College Loans, MN Attorney General Alleges

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The MN AG says Globe threatened some students with expulsion if they didn't sign up for the inflated loans.

Globe University apparently just can't get out of its own way when it comes to the Minnesota Attorney General.

The Woodbury-based for-profit higher ed company with an estimated 10,000 students at campuses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota added a new chapter to its never-ending legal battles when Lori Swanson's office accused Globe University recently of offering illegal college loans to thousands of students at interest rates as high as 18 percent.

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St. Paul Teacher Aaron Benner Claims Retaliation for Complaining About Discipline

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A teacher for 20 years, Benner says he's now being investigated by the district for criticizing its discipline strategy.
Aaron Benner, a fourth grade teacher at John A. Johnson elementary school, has been speaking out against St. Paul Public Schools for the past three years. This year, he says he's being forced out of his job.

Benner has been teaching for 20 years, but he says heat started coming down from district officials after he protested the new racial equity policy at a school board meeting last spring.

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John Kline, Who's Fought to Keep Student Loan Rates High, Says He Cares About College Costs

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Is mounting student debt destroying the financial welfare of generations of young Americans?

Congressman's John Kline's legislative track record shows an unparalleled enthusiasm for saddling kids with student loan debt.

Kline, the influential chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, can do more than almost anyone on Capitol Hill to provide relief to indebted college students. Yet he's repeatedly shown a loyalty to the very companies who make bank off higher ed lending.

Kline now says he feels the pain of those willing to go in the hole for a shot at a better future.

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Republicans Kill Chance to Relieve Minnesota's Student Debt Crisis

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The GOP has never shown much interest in helping college kids

A bipartisan bill that would have taken a substantial bite out of Minnesota's bloated student debt problem has fizzled.

House Republicans killed a proposal that would have covered tuition and other fees that typically stand in the way of high-achieving students attending college, like room and board. The plan also granted a tax credit of up to $5,000 per year on student loan debt.

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Teacher Says Students Are Running Amok at St. Paul's Heights Community School

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Heights Community School in east St. Paul

At Heights Community School, an elementary school on the East Side of St. Paul, students are fleeing class, tearing posters down from the wall, playing hide and seek with administrators, hitting teachers, jumping classmates, and trashing classrooms.

But they're not being sent home after going berserk. They're not even being asked to apologize.

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St. Paul Schools' Teachers and School Board Can't Agree on Racial Equity Policy

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A St. Paul teachers group says Superintendent Valeria Silva's Strong Schools, Strong Communities plan is an unrealistic way to achieve racial equity for students.

The St. Paul school board renewed Superintendent Valeria Silva's contract for three more years Tuesday night, but district teachers are not happy about it.

St. Paul has become a battleground of bickering between rank-and-file faculty and the members of the board of education. The union-backed teachers group, Caucus for Change, has launched an aggressive campaign to unseat three incumbent board members in favor of fresh challengers.

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Rep. Dean Urdahl Says Students Are So Ignorant About America They Need to Be Tested

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Are Minnesota high school students American idiots when it comes to their country?

What year was the U.S. Constitution written?

Name one of 22 Indian tribes recognized by the federal government.

Coming up empty? No problem.

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Unexploded Pipe Bomb Found in Hermantown Preschool Parking Lot

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A bomb squad disarmed the small explosive in the parking lot

Early this morning a parent noticed a small metal pipe sitting in between two cars in the parking lot of the Hermantown Area Family Resource Center just north of Duluth.

The pipe was about one inch in diameter and six inches long, and it looked like it could've been sitting there for a while, perhaps recently uncovered by melting snow, according to Hermantown Police Chief Jim Crace.

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