Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan Center For School Change Their important accomplishments, a historical coincidence and current public fascination with major anniversaries recently produced attention to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy. Within one week, we recognized the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. Leading up to the anniversaries, I thought: How […]

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Khalique Rogers and Brittney Poole help illustrate a very encouraging trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of Minnesota students who are earning college credits while still in high school. Equally important, the participation gap is getting smaller in most dual credit programs between students of different races and income levels. Khalique, a […]

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Joe Nathan Pounding basketballs and children sitting on sofas come to mind as I think about the $40 million that Minnesota has just made available to families for early childhood program scholarships. While the money may be used well, I think it’s too early to describe this as a “major step forward,” as one advocate […]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change It’s not surprising that some Minnesota educators are angry about how high-stakes MCA testing operated during the past year and how some newspapers reported results. The rules changed, there were statewide computer “freezes” caused by problems with the testing company’s technology, and one of the state’s tests was much […]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change Ron McKinley loved motorcycles, and he loved to laugh. He especially loved riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles around the country. He also was a wonderfully effective mentor and advocate for expanding opportunity and justice. Some of his happiest moments were riding his Harley. But sadly, several weeks ago, McKinley, 64, of […]

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