Geeky glasses, Dumbo ears and a great teacher / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on November 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm Originally published at: www.hometownsource.com One of my saddest and happiest days in school was the first day I wore my glasses, in the third grade. I already disliked my ears, which stuck out, and now I was the only kid with glasses. I felt super(…)

House, Senate education leaders share several priorities / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on November 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm Originally published at: www.hometownsource.com Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure(…)

Funding, testing and tenure are 2015 House Republican education priorities / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on November 6, 2014 at 9:32 am Originally published at:  www.hometownsource.com Contacted on Election Day, two key Minnesota House Republicans offered several priorities in education. Democrats are still the majority in the Minnesota Senate, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected, but Republicans replaced DFLers as the majority in the Minnesota House.(…)

Triple Digit Gains!

Check out our new interim report on the Increasing College Readiness project. It shows that we have helped produce triple digit gains in the enrollment of urban (sometimes ‘alternative’) St. Paul students taking college level courses. See the new data, what district and charter schools we’re working with, and more at: Increasing College Readiness