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A wonderful classroom setting: Nature

The transition to online learning due to the Coronavirus has changed the current education landscape for many students and families. From video conferences to virtual presentations, the digital instruction shift is giving young people new situations to adapt to. But another classroom setting to utilize is nature and the wonder it inspires....

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St. Paul teachers’ union settles for district’s proposed wage increases

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators has stated the union "settled" for the district's wage increase proposal of 1.5 percent this year and 2 percent next year, which will still give most St. Paul teachers at least an eight percent increase over the two-year life of the collective bargaining agreement....

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St. Paul teachers strike ends with ‘tentative’ agreement

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators and its members have ended a three-day strike that kept 36,000 students out of the classroom. A tentative agreement on the new two-year collective bargaining contract between the teachers’ union and the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) district was reached around 3:30 a.m. this morning, but specific contract details are not yet available. ...

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Before a school strike, let’s be clear about some numbers

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators has scheduled a strike for Tuesday over the lack of progress at the bargaining table between the teachers’ union and the Saint Paul Public Schools district (SPPS). Included in the union’s 31 contract proposals is a demand for teacher salary increases over the two-year life of the collective bargaining agreement — a 3.4 percent increase retroactive to July 1, 2019, and a 2 percent increase that would take effect July 1, 2020. On the surface, these salary increases may seem reasonable, but a deeper dive into the numbers provides more clarity around the union’s...

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Law Firm at Center of Discredited Trump Dossier Hired by U of M

The University of Minnesota has hired the law firm at the center of the controversy over the discredited Trump dossier. Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law firm, will be overseeing a university investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a former Gophers assistant men's hockey coach from the mid-eighties, according to the Star Tribune. Perkins Coie and the firm's superstar partner Marc Elias billed the Clinton campaign and Democratic party for millions of dollars of fees during the 2016 campaign. (Elias represented Al Franken's 2008 senate campaign in the successful recount against Sen. Norm Coleman). But Perkins Coie's role in the evolution of...

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St. Olaf College states student teachers “must” join union’s pre-professional organization

Students at St. Olaf College are being told they “MUST join EMAE” [Education Minnesota Aspiring Educators] if they are licensure candidates completing field experiences or student teaching with the Education Department. This appears to be in violation of student teachers' First Amendment rights upheld in the Janus decision....

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