education

Some scores up, many down from last year By Tina Snell, Staff Writer                                              The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA III) scores were released Tuesday for all districts and all schools across the state. These tests [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor The Pierz Family Gardens, a community garden started years ago, is not only a place to grow fresh produce, but has become a learning-rich environment as well. This year, the school rented enough plots for a 275-foot long, 50-foot wide area, where students have created a growing, learning and fruitful environment. [...]

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Nearly $2 million set aside for Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison Counties  As the new school year swings into full gear, more of the state’s youngest learners will now have access to high quality early education. Thanks to Gov. Mark Dayton and the legislature’s $40 million dollar investment over the next biennium in early education [...]

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There’s evidence that the education system in Minnesota needs to be examined and strengthened. Improving it is always evolving with the goal of providing the best education possible for all students. The state constitution says a general and uniform system of public schools should be established through taxation or otherwise to secure a thorough and [...]

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Neither school district currently has a voter-approved levy  By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Both the Royalton and Sauk Rapids-Rice school districts are asking taxpayers to pass operating levies Tuesday. Royalton to fund technology, textbooks and transportation; Sauk Rapids-Rice to fund transportation, textbooks, support services and elective classes, along with maintaining class sizes. Due to increasing costs [...]

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Commissioner Cassellius is optimistic; Supt. Weber not so much By Tina Snell, Staff Writer The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released this past week the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) accountability results for schools in the state. Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said schools are beginning to bend the curve in the right direction. “Minnesota’s achievement gaps are still [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the data on the MCA-III tests taken in the spring. These tests showed student performance in math and reading in grades three-eight and 10, along with graduate standards in writing, reading and math. Statewide, the average proficiency in math for all grades decreased from [...]

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