Stillwater High Offers Varsity Letters for Off-the-Field Heroics

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Seventy Stillwater High School students are working to earn a varsity letter in community service.

Droves will descend upon the track at Stillwater Junior High School in early June. For the next 24 hours, they'll walk and run around the oval as participants in the Stillwater Relay for Life.

Organizers are bucking for 2,000 people to show up to raise money in the fight against the disease that just won't go away.

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A Tale of Two Duluths: Why Are So Many Denfeld Students Struggling in College?

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About 40 percent of graduates from Duluth's western high school start college unprepared.

When 24 angry teachers from Duluth's Denfeld High School penned a letter complaining that too many failing students were getting bumped up to grades they couldn't handle, a Twin Cities legislator took matters into his own hands.

State Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) introduced a new bill on Monday demanding that school districts throughout Minnesota adopt strict guidelines for when to pass students and when to flunk them.

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Minnesota Students Are the Pawns in D.C.'s Partisan Fight Over Education Dollars

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The White House contends Minnesota's poorest students will be those hit the hardest.

The White House said last week that America's most vulnerable students will take the biggest monetary hit from an education reform measure championed by Minnesota Congressman John Kline and backed by fellow House Republicans.

A short time later, Kline fired back. He accused the administration of "scare tactics" while insisting the Student Success Act actually increases funding for Title I programs serving low-income students by $500 million.

So who's speaking the truth? Nobody seems to know.

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A Letter from an Entitled Millennial to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

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Proud yet short-sighted graduate of the School of Hard Knocks.

Dear Governor Walker:

I don't live in your state. I thank my lucky North Star for that.

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Rep. Glen Gruenhagen Says Funding "Traditional Families" Helps Kids Learn to Read

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Gov. Dayton's massive education plan has Rep. Glen Gruenhagen pining for the good ol' days, when kids from "traditional families" learned how to read by hammering phonics and grammar, instead of having to learn fancy garbage like creative writing.

Gruenhagen was one of the Republicans in a two-hour hearing yesterday who began picking at the governor's plan to use more than $400 million of the state's surplus on various education initiatives. He had some interesting ideas on how to redirect some of those funds.

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White House Wants to Close Loophole That Funnels Billions to For-Profit Schools

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The University of Phoenix took in nearly $1 billion in GI Bill cash from 2009-2013.

The University of Phoenix, the for-profit monster with no sports teams, agreed in 2006 to pay almost $155 million over 20 years for the naming rights to the Arizona stadium where the Super Bowl was held last Sunday.

The Obama Administration now wants to close a college funding loophole that helped the school bankroll a frill afforded only to a flush few atop the pecking order of corporate America.

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[UPDATE] Minneapolis Southwest High School Shut Down Due to "Credible Threat"

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Parents and students were not informed until an 11 p.m. robocall
A "credible threat" convinced Minneapolis Public Schools to decide to cancel all events at Southwest High School today around 11 p.m. last night.

Late last night Southwest households received a robocall delivering the news voiced by Principal Bill Smith, and shortly afterward messages went up on the school's website and social media channels.

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Minnesota Education Plummets to 10th Place in New National Rankings

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Education in Minnesota now trails Maryland, Massacusetts, and Vermont.

Nothing plays more into Minnesota's collective self worth than education.

Perhaps it's time we relied on something else to massage our statewide ego.

Minnesota education ranked 10th among the 50 states and District of Columbia, according to Education Week's "Quality Counts 2015: State Report Cards" rankings compiled by the nonprofit organization Editorial Projects in Education.

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North Dakota Considers Giving Guns to Teachers

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North Dakota's Rep. Dwight Kiefert (R-Valley City) has a simple solution to the chilling, often unpredictable threat of school shootings: give guns to teachers and let them prowl the halls like vigilantes in sweater vests.

The teachers themselves aren't so convinced that HB 1195, which proposes letting schools train anyone with a concealed carry permit to use deadly force in the classroom, wouldn't rub students the completely wrong way.

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Minnesota Colleges Get Richer as Student Debt Skyrockets

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Student debt continues to cripple the financial health of millions of young Americans.

Federal student loan debt hit the $800 billion threshold at the end of last year, bringing the total balance on all outstanding public and private student loans to $1.13 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

At the same time, many of the endowments belonging to the nation's colleges and universities continue to swell. Take the University of Minnesota.

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