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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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Diversity grows in Minn. schools, but not on school boards

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Observers say it's crucial school boards reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of district kids. But that's a huge challenge, even in the state's most diverse school districts.

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History shows slavery helped build many U.S. colleges and universities

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As more schools begin to confront their participation in slavery, they also consider how to make amends.

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13 percent of Minnesota schools have 'extreme' chronic absence rates

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A report found that Minnesota high schools, alternative schools and schools for special education students have some of the highest rates of extreme chronic absenteeism. Schools with large numbers of students in poverty also have higher absenteeism than more affluent schools.

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Students see justice done as Minneapolis renames school for Page

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Alan Page held back tears as he took the mic in front of an auditorium of Minneapolis middle school students and staff Friday for a ceremony.

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Photos: The miracle of birth isn't always pretty

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Curiosity, awe, disgust -- a gamut of emotions run across people's faces at the Miracle of Birth barn at the State Fair.

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Aspen Ideas Festival: David Brooks on the 'annunciation moments' in life

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David Brooks' annual Aspen Ideas Festival Lecture: "The Second Mountain: The Next Big Challenge in Your Life."

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Concordia Language Villages fears impact of visa cuts

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Officials who run the popular language and cultural immersion program in the north woods of Minnesota warn that potential changes in visa rules could make it hard for them to hire enough instructors.

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How can colleges help depressed students?

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College is a time of both freedom and daunting adjustments. Some students experience serious mental health problems during this transition.

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U sudents left in housing limbo as apartments aren't finished on time

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Prime Place Minneapolis apartments, a 201-unit development, said construction isn't complete -- a week before U of M classes start.

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A fellowship of the few: Black male teachers in America's classrooms are in short supply

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Only 2 percent of the nation's teachers are black men. Increasing their numbers would benefit students of all backgrounds. In Philadelphia, a group forms to double the number by 2025.

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Further reading for Keeping Teachers

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Resources and extended reading materials for the documentary Keeping Teachers.

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Black men and teachers in rural areas are in especially short supply

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Teachers matter more than anything else in a school. But schools are struggling to hold on to the teachers they need.

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Schools in poor, rural districts are the hardest hit by nation's growing teacher shortage

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As in many parts of the country, remote McDowell County in West Virginia is having a hard time finding and keeping teachers. Vacancies are often filled by substitutes unqualified for the roles they must assume, and the isolated location deters many new hires.

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