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Preparing students for civic life shouldn’t be controversial  
There are many answers to the question, “Why offer a free public education to every Minnesota student?” For me, the most important response is to prepare our students to be informed citizens of the democracy they will inherit.  Read more.


Educators use union power to ensure safety for students, staff
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of the ways in which teaching and learning happens in and out of school buildings. For the 2020-21 year, local school districts were allowed to make decisions for their schools and communities on which learning models would be used and how. Read more.


Poll shows education debt stress widespread across Minnesota
Three-quarters of Minnesota student loan borrowers say their student loans cause them stress and most report they would have trouble paying for an unexpected expense or are already falling behind in their finances, according to a poll released in March. Read more.


Online dashboard shows why districts need fully funded schools 
Education Minnesota has launched a new online platform to show a snapshot of what fully funding schools might mean in our school districts. Read more.


Hopkins Education Association, school board pass joint call for full funding 
The Hopkins Education Association and their school board became the first district in the state to pass a partnership plan, calling for the state to fully fund education.  Read more.


Lake City paraprofessionals become newest ESP union
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the power of having a union when it comes to worker and student safety. The paraprofessionals in Lake City saw that firsthand. Read more.


Court rules for unions in dues refund case 
Education Minnesota, Shakopee Education Association, Anoka Hennepin-Education Minnesota and the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association recently scored an important victory in a case that is part of a national wave of anti-union litigation following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Read more.


Ag educator connects students, content using TikTok 
Nathan Anderson is a second generation agricultural teacher, but a first generation TikTok star. The Watertown-Mayer High School teacher was a bit of a naysayer to the popular social media platform at first, but then seeing how much his students used it and trying new, digital ways to connect once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he saw an opportunity. Read more.


Prior Lake-Savage Coalition for Teachers of Color brings equity work to forefront of local union
The Prior Lake-Savage Education Association’s Coalition for Teachers of Color have begun creating real action steps for the local’s members of color, and creating opportunities for white colleagues to become equity co-conspirators. Read more.


Eden Prairie preschool teachers settle first contract
Nearly three years after forming a union, the Eden Prairie Preschool Education Association has its first contract and its members are ready to start working on the next one. Read more.


Grants and development opportunities
Information on various development, workshop, and grant opportunities for union members. Read more.


All relicensure courses, plus more, now available on MEA Online! 
Education Minnesota’s new online professional development platform, MEA Online, continues to grow its list of offerings.  Now, all seven areas needed for educator relicensure are available, including all four parts of the new Cultural Competency requirement. Read more.



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