Joe Nathan

By Joe Nathan Center for School Change   What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: –Re-establishing school year routines at [...]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change   Minnesota’s Department of Education recently made a major announcement about high school graduation rates increasing that left out something important. MDE materials distributed to the press did not mention that there was a major change in the high school graduation requirements between 2012 and 2013. Students hoping to [...]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change Important decisions were made in the last week. Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius and a number of local superintendents have decided it’s time for thousands of Minnesota families and students to have better information about some key education opportunities. Last week the Minnesota Department of Education posted a [...]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change Can the Minnesota Business Partnership, which focuses on making the best possible use of existing funds, and Parents United, which urges that more money be spent on Minnesota’s public schools, find things they agree on? Can the African American Leadership Forum, which represents more than a thousand Minnesotans, many [...]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change There were swift, strong and split reactions to two of my recent columns. They are online at http://bit.ly/1iU1Ptq and http://bit.ly/1cZxKVc. More than 20 people responded, via comments online and other ways, from around Minnesota and from Utah to Washington, D.C. Here are several of those comments, with brief reactions [...]

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