Kids to get assessed before kindergarten

If a bill heard in the E-12 Education committee this week becomes law, students entering kindergarten would be assessed so schools know their level of school readiness. The bill directs the Minnesota Department of Education to implement a kindergarten readiness assessment and provide school districts with a process for the measurement. School districts are then […] Read more

Schools get excused absence for cold, snowy winter

Minnesota school districts were handed an excused absence slip from legislators this week as a conference committee agreed to provisions to help schools for days lost to Minnesota’s cold, snowy winter. Missed school days became an issue after severe cold in January forced schools to close. Record snow fall in February also shuttered schools, forcing […] Read more

Group seeks to bring more male teachers of color to Minnesota classrooms

A bill heard in the E-12 Education Committee this week would provide funding to encourage more teachers of color to educate Minnesota’s children. Black Men Teach – Twin Cities is requesting $750,000 to help them achieve their goals. Specifically, they have partnered with four schools in the twin cities metro to hire black male educators […] Read more

Off-road vehicle touring routes and trails discussed

The Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee heard a bill this week that devotes resources to planning and designing a state system of touring routes and trails for off-highway vehicle use. The goal is to identify sustainable, legal routes that are suitable for licensed four-wheel drive vehicles and a system of recreational trails for registered […] Read more