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Minnesota schools say new pre-K money will help meet rising need

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The Legislature this year backed $70 million in new spending on three of the state's main early education programs. School districts say there's plenty of need for the cash. New opportunities for free preschool are in high demand.

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Schools seek to help immigrants amid mixed signals on DACA

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Nearly sixty college and university presidents sent a letter urging congressional leaders to make the program permanent out of "moral imperative and a national necessity."

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One click exposed private info on thousands of South Wash. Co. students

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In a report on the mistake, the district said an employee accidentally clicked a button to insert a link to the file in the email.

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At St. Cloud State University, Harry Potter and the philosopher's class

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St. Cloud State University professor Carolyn Hartz is applying Aristotle's work on friendship to character relationships in J.K. Rowling's books about the boy wizard. The class discusses ethics, logic, love, the human soul and nature while examining the stories.

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Further reading for Hard to Read

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Resources and extended reading materials for the documentary Hard to Read.

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How American schools fail kids with dyslexia

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There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that's supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

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In Ohio, parents demand change for dyslexic kids

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The school district needed a new approach. The teachers needed training.

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College dreamers in Trump's America

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President Trump is ending a program that allowed some young, undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States. For some, that may mean the end of a dream of going to college. APM Reports tells the stories of young immigrants fighting for a piece of the American Dream and examines the historical events that brought us to this moment.

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What is dyslexia? An interview with neuroscientist Guinevere Eden

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Guinevere Eden directs the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center. In this interview with APM Reports correspondent Emily Hanford, she explains what scientists are learning about what happens in the brain when a child learns to read — and what's different in the brain of someone with dyslexia.

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National Press Club: Former school lunch lady now heads NEA

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia was a school lunch lady before being encouraged to go to college to become a teacher. She was later named Utah's Teacher of the Year, and now is president of the National Education Association.

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DeVos planning to scrap Obama rules on campus sexual assault

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The education secretary says rules established in 2011 to guide schools as they investigate and resolve complaints of assault have failed to protect students and done a "disservice to everyone involved."

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After protest, Rocori school district reverses ban on flag display

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School officials announced the ban after some students flew the Confederate flag in their cars last year. But students objected to the new policy, saying it prevented them from displaying the American flag.

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Minnesota ACT scores rise, remain among America's best

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For the second year in a row, Minnesota's graduating class led the 17 states where all high school seniors took the test. They posted an average composite score of 21.5, compared with 21.1 for 2016.

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State education commissioner on ACT scores, teacher diversity

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Brenda Cassellius discussed big issues facing education in Minnesota.

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Court upholds dismissal of challenge to teacher tenure law

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The appeals court judge affirmed the previous decision out of Ramsey County District Court, saying the complaint is an issue for the Legislature, not the courts.

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