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History of civil rights movement gets short shrift in Mississippi classrooms

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Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed.

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As school faces closure, one last graduating class

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Saturday's ceremony was a bittersweet ending for the semester, for the school, for the staff and the students. The school is set to close Wednesday, and while there are more finals to finish and grade, this was a final goodbye.

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Minnesota residents raise money for crossing guard's new cat

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Highland Park residents know Chuck Nehls as a crossing guard who also helps clean up the neighborhood. He's also known for having an orange cat on his shoulders. After his cat, Ashley, died, the community sprung into action.

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McNally Smith president says financing failure forced music school's closure

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McNally Smith College of Music was in the process of converting from a for-profit to a non-profit as part of a plan to turn around its struggling budget. But the process was long and costs were high, said the school's president.

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McNally Smith College of Music closing due to lack of funds

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In a letter to faculty, college President Harry Chalmiers said "our employment has ended and the college is being closed at the end of the semester" on Dec. 20.

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Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

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The updated version leaves in place the deduction for interest on student loans, according to two congressional aides. The bill also would no longer start taxing graduate-school tuition waivers.

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Minneapolis police recruits get less psychological testing than they used to

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The protocol is less rigorous than best practices nationally and the evaluator lacked the proper license. Police leaders are moving to replace him for another reason: They believe he screened out too many minority candidates.

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St. Paul teachers want companies, nonprofits to pay more for schools

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The teachers union says tax breaks let the city's businesses and nonprofits avoid paying their fair share for schools. Union leaders want the school board to join them in ramping up the pressure. Some companies are not pleased.

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Super Bowl surprises for North High School football team

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The Minnesota Super Bowl host committee invited the team to join special activities -- and shocked their coach with free tickets to game.

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Minnesotans urge federal officials not to scrap school discipline guidelines

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Minnesota advocates for reducing racial disparities in school discipline plan to speak in support of Obama-era guidance in Washington, D.C. this week. School officials are watching to see how the Department of Education under President Trump will handle the Obama-era discipline guidance.

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Polyglot, MN: Census shows Minnesota increasingly multilingual

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Data out this week pinpoint the hot spots of language diversity around the state. Nobles County, in southwestern Minnesota, and Ramsey County have the largest shares of residents who don't speak English at home.

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Rural students are the least likely to go to college

Last Updated by Emily Hanford and Baumhardt, Alex on

They're being ignored as the nation tries to ramp up degree completion.

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