Columns (J. Nathan)

Three Wise Women who are helping youngsters / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at: http://hometownsource.com/2014/12/03/joe-nathan-column-three-wise-women-who-are-helping-youngsters/ By Joe Nathan on December 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm     Three Wise Women who are helping youngsters   Jeanne Krile, Angie Johnson and Lisa Gale are three wise women who are helping students and their families. Gale is a mother who asked important questions about Minnesota’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options. Johnson(…)

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.(…)

Legislators wisely listen to state teachers of the year / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at:  http://hometownsource.com/2014/10/29/joe-nathan-column-legislators-wisely-listen-to-state-teacher-of-the-year-winners/ “These teachers have dedicated their lives to serving students and been recognized for outstanding work. As we examine how to improve public policy, it’s important to hear from some of the best of the best. We need to learn from their success.” That’s how state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, explained a(…)