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Terrific new movie honors courageous, complex Cesar Chavez

This article originally appeared at: http://hometownsource.com/2014/04/03/joe-nathan-column-terrific-new-movie-honors-courageous-complex-cesar-chavez/ A terrific new movie describes Cesar Chavez, a remarkable American whose influence continues to help Americans – and Minnesotans. Having seen the movie, talked with people who knew Chavez and had a tiny role in his work, I strongly recommend the picture. The movie “Cesar Chavez” was released March 28(…)

Alternative School Students Speak Out on Dual Credit

Antonia, Jennifer, and Khalique attend alternative high schools in St. Paul.  In these interviews, they share their experiences and insight into why earning free college credit in high school has been a positive experience for them.   Antonia is a student at AGAPE, an alternative high school in St. Paul for pregnant and parenting mothers.(…)

Data shows that career and tech ed is a gap-closing strategy / by Marisa Gustafson

This article originally appeared on TC Daily Planet here. By Marisa Gustafson, January 22, 2014 One of Minnesota’s best achievement gap reduction strategies is being woefully under-utilized. Recently, Michael Diedrich of MN2020 wrote about a school that was working to revamp their career and technical education (CTE) programs. Although CTE (think vo-tech) has a murky history, he correctly pointed(…)

MN data shows higher graduation rates for career/tech ed. students

    Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) data shows much higher high school graduation rates for students who took at least 240 hours of career or technical education (CTE), about 2-3 courses.  See table below. Forest Lake career tech student pictured above with Senator Al Franken on a recent visit to Forest Lake High School’s(…)

When systems don’t serve students / Joe Nathan’s Column

As we start a new year, it’s time to ask some tough questions. Over the past year, I have seen more and more examples of education systems that don’t seem to be serving at least some students. Some systems seem to be putting a priority on protecting the way things used to be, above the(…)