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May 2017


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Teacher of the Year brings love of literature into classroom
Corey Bulman has always loved books, which in high school wasn’t always seen as a popular hobby. Today, Bulman brings his love of literature into his own high school English and language arts classes in Mound Westonka. And he now brings a new title into his classroom too—2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Read more

Banquet celebrates the passion, impact of teachers
The banquet honored all 95 candidates, 26 semifinalists and 11 finalists for this year’s award before naming Corey Bulman from Mound-Westonka the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Read more

Legislature goes into overtime with special session
Legislative leaders have agreed to $467.8 million in new spending for preschools through high school—about $167 million more than a bill vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton earlier in the month. But the tentative deal reached May 23 includes harmful changes to teacher licensing and layoff regulations and is void of necessary fixes to teachers’ pension fund. Read more

Denise Specht: Recharge after a big year, prepare for an exciting fall
We made it. Most educators will be on summer break by the time this edition of the Minnesota Educator is delivered. I don’t know about you, but this feels like the longest, most tiring year I’ve spent in education since my first year of teaching. Read more

What will your school lose if education funding is not increased?
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 and Twitter. Here is a selection of the answers. Read more

Jagush brings passion to new role as Education Minnesota-Retired president
Education Minnesota-Retired has a new president, but Julie Jagush is not new to union work. After working for 36 years as an elementary and middle school math teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, Jagush wanted to continue to be active in the union and stay connected to education. Read more

Sign up for shifts at State Fair booth
The 2017 Minnesota State Fair returns Aug. 24-Sept. 4. Every year, Education Minnesota member volunteers and staff produce personalized photo calendars for visitors at our booth in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street near the Snelling Avenue entrance. Read more

Teacher, author reflects on writing about education
Writing isn’t that hard. We can all do it, one word after next, little baby steps until a whole thought is complete. Writing so people will care is pretty difficult though, especially in an age where we are constantly besieged by words and ideas on email, social media and news sources. Read more

Check your paystubs to make sure everything is correct
Few things sharpen the senses like the gentle winds of spring, the passing of April 15 and the impending summer break. This is the season to check your paystub and contract to ensure that your pay is correct.
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Racial Equity Advocates wanted for yearlong training
The Minnesota Educator Academy’s Facing Inequalities and Racism in Education (F.I.R.E.) program is looking for 20-24 educators from across the state to participate in a yearlong training to become Racial Equity Advocates (REAs). Read more

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

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