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Minnesota schools ready to teach, feed kids after cold snap

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School leaders across the state reopened their doors Friday after days of double-digit subzero temperatures kept many buildings closed -- and many students from needed meals. State officials have applauded the districts' cautious approach.

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Are school districts going 'soft'? Cold spell stirs debate

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Some parents said schools should be closed entirely due to temperatures near or below zero degrees. With little snow on the ground, others questioned why schools should be affected at all.

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U of M Twin Cities campus extends class cancellation through noon Thursday

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The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus has called off classes from Tuesday afternoon through noon Thursday due to weather.

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Ahead of subzero cold, schools call off classes

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Several Minnesota schools have announced that they will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to the extremely low temperatures and dangerous wind chills forecasted.

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New Minnesota schools chief brings a teacher's eye to the job

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Minnesota's Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker must confront achievement gaps that have vexed state leaders for decades. Those who know the former classroom teacher and union head say she's up for the fight.

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U.S. continues to slip behind other countries in percentage of population with degrees

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A lack of highly skilled workers leaves American employers unable to fill jobs.

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Walz weighs cold-weather school closings next week

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A forecast for plunging temperatures in Minnesota has Gov. Tim Walz facing some close-to-home lobbying on closing schools.

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Latest tour takes Minnesota Orchestra 3 miles north

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Musicians hope their visits to north Minneapolis will result in lasting relationships.

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Former U President Nils Hasselmo dies, university says

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Former University of Minnesota President Nils Hasselmo died Wednesday, current U President Eric Kaler confirmed. He was 87.

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Volunteers package thousands of seeds for new seed library in Rochester

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Armed with patience, a love of gardening — and a few teeny-tiny measuring spoons — a group of volunteers packaged tens of thousands of seeds this weekend in Rochester.

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4 ways Minnesota lawmakers hope to boost education

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State legislators with past teaching experience, including Gov. Tim Walz, will have a big hand in shaping education legislation this year. Here's a look at some of their priorities.

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GOP, DFL lawmakers seek to trim special ed paperwork

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Concerned about the paperwork pressures on Minnesota's special education teachers, state senators on Thursday offered bipartisan legislation that they said would reduce those paperwork demands by up to 52 hours per student.

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Is the writing on the wall? Minn. to debate cursive in school

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A new bill before the Minnesota Legislature would require a state agency to write up a cursive curriculum, although school districts could decide whether to introduce it.

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Michigan State says Engler resignation effective immediately

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The board acted a day after John Engler said he'd step down next week amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

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APM Reports documentary: 'Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids with Dyslexia'

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An APM Reports documentary explores why some children's learning disabilities aren't identified and remedied, and how improving things for dyslexic kids could help all students learn to read better.

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