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Wisconsin school districts ban cellphones in classroom

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School districts across Wisconsin are banning cellphones in the classroom in an effort to reduce distractions during class time.

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University of Minnesota sets ceremony to award honorary degree to Prince

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The University of Minnesota will award the late music icon Prince an honorary degree at a performance-packed ceremony later this month.

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New documentary explores why so few kids can read well

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Here's an alarming statistic: More than half of American kids cannot read very well. The problem is largely how reading is taught.

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'Hapless and helpless': A comedic adventure in higher education

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"I am making fun of the most weird aspects of higher ed," said Julie Schumacher, author of "The Shakespeare Requirement."

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Shortage of school bus drivers means surplus of late students

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Low unemployment in Minnesota is translating into a shortage of school bus drivers, forcing fill-ins, workarounds and late arrivals.

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State cracking down on education loan defaults

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The state's SELF loan program may have some small changes coming that could, in the future, limit who is eligible for these students loans.

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Why aren't kids being taught to read?

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Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

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Ken Burns' next documentary is about how great the Mayo Clinic is

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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is out with a new documentary about the Mayo Clinic, which he calls Minnesota's "Grand Canyon."

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Should medical school be tuition-free?

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There is a shortage of doctors and physicians in the U.S. Meanwhile, the cost of medical school tuition has skyrocketed. New York University recently announced they would offer free tuition to their medical students. Should more universities follow suit?

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Further reading for Hard Words

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Sources for the documentary Hard Words.

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Rochester schools settle over discipline disparities

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The Rochester school district has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights over the district's elevated rate of disciplining students of color and students with disabilities.

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Duluth gives 'virtual' library cards to public school students

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The virtual card will give students access to a variety of resources, like e-books, movies, music and research databases. Students will also be able to check out up to five items. And, they won't have to pay late fees.

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Augsburg professor won't be deported, for now

Last Updated by Riham Feshir on

The Board of Immigration Appeals granted Mzenga Wanyama an emergency stay as he waits for a decision regarding his asylum case.

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'It's a big deal to go to kindergarten': Advice from 1st-graders who've been there

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For kindergarteners across Minnesota, Tuesday is momentous: It marks the first day of big-kid school. The first-graders who were there just a year ago are ready with some advice.

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Rediscovering Apprenticeships

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You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class. In South Carolina, apprenticeships are helping companies find skilled workers, and giving people an affordable path to a good career.

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