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January 2017


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New landscape could lead to funding fight, defending attacks
The November election brought more than 30 new legislators and changes to the control of the state Legislature. Republicans took control of the Senate and gained a larger majority in the House. And with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton still in office, that make up could mean divisiveness and battles over major bills, including the budget. Read more

How to get involved this legislative session
Share your story at a Lobby Day. Testify before a legislative committee. Contact your lawmakers using our new Policy Action Center. There's plenty of ways you can make a difference. Read more

Educators helping shape state's ESSA plan
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is working on their implementation plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and educators have been actively involved in the process.  Read more

Denise Specht: Elections won't change Education Minnesota's commitment to children
The election changed the politics of our state, but it didn't change the principles of our union. The Legislature will come back to the Capitol this month and find the 86,000 members of Education Minnesota still committed to preparing all students for successful lives, regardless of where they live, the color of their skin or the challenges they face at home. Read more

What successes or struggles have you encountered in closing the achievement gap?
In last month’s Minnesota Educator, we continued the “we want to hear from you” contest and received responses from all over the state via email. Here is a selection of the answers. Read more

Locals find success in school board election support
After a few tough rounds of negotiations, the Fergus Falls Education Association knew they wanted to help get new school board members elected. This past year, the union formed a committee and did just that. Read more

F.I.R.E. brings racial equity training statewide
Education Minnesota’s MEA F.I.R.E. program is launching this winter, hoping to build a movement around racial equity in education and disrupt systemic racism in education. Read more

Schools are sanctuaries for students, educators
An underreported fact is that public schools have been known and acknowledged as one of the safest places for our children and the adults who work with them. By nearly every measure, safety is high and violence is low in schools. Read more

Register now for 2017 Emerging Leaders program
Education Minnesota’s Emerging Leaders program will start accepting registrations for its summer 2017 program in January. Read more

Briefs about grants, professional development, awards and other resources. Read more

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