Entries by minneminds

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

January 3, 20177:00 AM ET Heard on All Things Considered By: JESSICA DEAHL   One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, “Who’s going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?” Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood […]

Minnesota kindergartners ease into first grade after a year with all-day kindergarten

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE Britta Arendt, Grand Rapids Herald-Review September 9, 2015 Of the more than 847,000 students heading back to school across Minnesota this fall, approximately 58,800 are kindergartners – 99.6 percent of whom are attending school all-day, free of charge. Before implementation of state legislation passed in 2014, 54 percent of Minnesota children […]

MinneMinds Budget Deal Statement – Education Budget A Win For Families, Minnesota

LINK TO FULL RELEASE Education Budget A Win For Families, Minnesota SAINT PAUL, Minn. – June 5, 2015 – Today, Frank Forsberg, chair of the MinneMinds Coalition, made the following statement regarding the 2015 special session education finance bill: “The MinneMinds coalition congratulates state leaders on crafting a final education budget that supports our youngest […]

MinneMinds Coalition Statement on Governor Dayton’s Veto of Education Bill

LINK TO FULL RELEASE MinneMinds Coalition Statement on Governor Dayton’s Veto of Education Bill SAINT PAUL, Minn. – May 19, 2015 – Today, Frank Forsberg, chair of the MinneMinds Coalition, made the following statement regarding Governor Dayton’s veto of the education bill passed by the Minnesota legislature: “Governor Dayton has been an ardent supporter of […]

Scholarships for early ed mean choice

LINK TO FULL LETTER TO THE EDITOR Frank Forsberg, Star Tribune March 16, 2015 A recent commentary (“Vouchers are wrong for preschool,” Feb. 19) made this central point: “Giving parents assistance to access quality early-education services in the private market while also ensuring that there is a public option for families who prefer it should […]

Key House committee rejects universal, all-day preschool bill

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE Hank Long, Waseca County News February 24, 2015 A bill that would give school districts the opportunity to offer all-day preschool to 4-year-olds stalled Tuesday in the House Education Innovation Policy Committee. Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) began her push for universal, voluntary pre-kindergarten in the public schools during the 2014 […]