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Audit sharply critical of Perpich Center management

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The long list of problems within a report from the Minnesota legislative auditor includes lax oversight from the Perpich Center for Arts Education board, low enrollment and test scores at the schools and low staff morale.

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DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice

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In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged Tuesday not to dismantle public education.

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St. Paul district asks community what it wants in a superintendent

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The school board fired former leader Valeria Silva in June after a contentious vote. It plans to have a new superintendent in place by summer.

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Mark Coyle on the future of U of M athletics

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Mark Coyle was appointed University of Minnesota athletics director in May 2016, and he joined the program and talked about some of the highs and the lows of the last eight months.

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Pay gap between college grads and everyone else at a record

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College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. That was up from 51 percent in 1999.

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U's Kaler readies legislative funding pitch amid football scandal

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MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler about the future of Gophers football and about how the latest scandal could affect funding from the state.

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Winona schools chief out following plagiarism questions

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The school district chair said ex-superintendent Stephen West also claimed to hold a doctorate from St. Mary's University when he took the position. St. Mary's said West does not hold that degree.

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U football players' sexual conduct tests burdens of proof

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The very public sexual assault investigations into some members of the University of Minnesota football team last month showed the clear differences between campus and criminal investigations.

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Minnesota mom raises funds for elementary school's lunch debt

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A Sartell mother was surprised it took just an hour on social media to raise hundreds of dollars to pay off student lunch debt at a St. Cloud elementary school.

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Historically black college: Band will march at inauguration

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The president of a historically black college in Alabama says its band will perform in President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade, despite a barrage of criticism.

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Spring Lake Park High School band looks for diversity in its repertoire

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Directors have pledged to include at least one piece by a female composer and one by a composer of color in each concert for each band.

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Tweet alone didn't cost Claeys his job, Coyle says

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"I think some of the events over the past few weeks underscored some of the concerns and some of the things I've been seeing with that program," the U's athletic director said.

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U fires Tracy Claeys as Gophers football coach

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A University of Minnesota Athletics Department official confirmed the firing, which follows months of turmoil in the program over allegations of sexual assault by 10 members of the team.

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Teacher sues, alleges retaliation over assault by student

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Candice Egan alleges St. Paul administrators failed to protect her from a student who pushed her into a window and then retaliated against her because she talked to the media.

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Hundreds sign petition calling for firing of Gopher football coach

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University of Minnesota head football coach Tracy Claeys has been criticized for how he responded to his team's now-rescinded boycott over 10 players' suspension for a sexual assault case.

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