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Minnesota's teacher shortage: real, complicated

Last Updated by John Enger and Solvejg Wastvedt on

Filling critical jobs in high-need teaching areas has become a serious struggle across the state from small towns to suburbs. The challenges are nuanced, and not easy to solve.

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Wisconsin schools teach penmanship despite standards change

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Chippewa Falls school district's director of curriculum, Jennifer Starck, said that while handwriting and cursive remain embedded in elementary school curriculum, the district places less emphasis on it than it once did.

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Students 'study abroad' with immigrant families in their own communities

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City Stay places students with Latino, Somalian and Hmong host families around the Twin Cities.

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Three finalists named for St. Paul superintendent opening

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St. Paul has not had a permanent superintendent since June, when the board fired former leader Valeria Silva.

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Waite Park sober school seeks funds from state Legislature

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Leaders of a new Minnesota school that helps students struggling with alcohol abuse are asking lawmakers for funding.

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UMN dean leaves to run refugee advocacy organization

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Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz will step aside at the end of the academic year to be president of an organization based out of Washington D.C.

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Writer says NCAA is a cartel making billions

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On the eve of the NCAA basketball tournament, Joe Nocera concludes that the NCAA is nothing more than a cartel whose rules are fundamentally designed to ensure that the players have no money, no rights and no power.

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How government policy disfavors the young

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Economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth says millennials will have a more difficult time achieving success than young people had in the past because government policies benefit older people and leave the young with few choices and a mountain of debt.

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Listen: New UMN Psychiatry head aims to end 'culture of fear'

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Dr. Sophia Vinogradov took over the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry after a report revealed they failed to protect a patient who committed suicide.

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School safety task force recommends training to help students dealing with trauma

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Recommendations in the report from Ramsey County parents, teachers, and community members are aimed at schools, police departments and other county agencies.

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Professor's name stripped from St. Olaf building

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The decision to remove Reidar Dittmann's name from Dittmann Center follows a school investigation into sexual misconduct claims involving the late professor.

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Are charter schools the answer to America's public education challenges?

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The new education secretary is a champion of charter schools. Are charter schools the answer to America's public education challenges? A new debate from the Intelligence Squared series explores the issues.

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102-year-old Rochester man honored with high school diploma

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A 102-year-old Rochester man can finally call himself a high school graduate. Leon Swendsen, a World War II veteran,says the honor "affects me more than anything."

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The impact of poverty on the goals of public education

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"The View from Room 205." A documentary about the impact of poverty and societal disfunction on the goals of public education. It was produced by public radio station WBEZ in Chicago.

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Minnesotans respond to retraction of transgender bathroom guidance

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Local educators and members of the transgender community weigh in.

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