Entries by minneminds

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 […]

More than Daycare: Resarch Shapes New Focus on Early Learning

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE Heidi Enninga, WDIO – Duluth February 24, 2015 When parents drop kids off at daycare each morning they expect their little ones will be in a safe and fun environment, but local providers and early childhood experts now say expectations about daycare are changing in order to make sure kids start […]

MN near bottom in on-time graduation for students of color

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE Tim Post,MPR February 19, 2015 For the third year in a row, Minnesota lags the rest of the country in on-time graduation for students of color. Fewer than 60 percent of the state’s black and Hispanic students graduate in four years, according to an MPR News analysis of the most recent […]

Governor’s pre-K proposal misses the mark

LINK TO FULL LETTER TO THE EDITOR Rep. Sondra Erickson, Union Eagle February 17, 2015 Among Governor Mark Dayton’s $42 billion budget proposal is more than $100 million in funding for pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year olds in our public schools. I agree that it may be important to improve access to quality pre-kindergarten to close our […]