Four requests of the governor, state legislators / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on May 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm Here are four requests as Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators consider how to proceed after the governor vetoed the K-12 bill. First, to aid planning, a special session should be called soon and final decisions need to be made quickly. Second, please recognize and retain(…)

Students describe ‘triumph over tragedy’ / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on May 14, 2015 at 8:23 am Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with(…)

Legislators should approve these four good ideas / Joe Nathan’s Columns

By Joe Nathan on May 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm As Minnesota legislators conclude their business in the next few weeks, here are four things I hope they do to help improve public schools. Some don’t cost any additional tax dollars. Some require a relatively modest investment in youngsters, schools and educators 1. Make it(…)

A triple win for students and schools / Joe Nathan’s Columns

By Joe Nathan on April 29, 2015 at 12:20 pm “This collaboration is a win-win-win for students,” according to Katie Halcrow, director of community-based learning at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights. She’s referring to the college’s collaboration with area middle schools, including schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, St. Paul and South Washington County(…)

Pearson should pay for MCA testing problems / Joe Nathan’s Columns

By Joe Nathan on April 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm Testing and, more broadly, learning have been disrupted in the past two weeks for thousands of Minnesota students. The Minnesota Department of Education says equipment failure and outside computer attacks on Pearson, the company hired to run our statewide tests, caused the problems. The problems(…)