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InforMNs: Innovation for Minnesota Schools
InforMNs, Innovations for Minnesota Schools, is a web site created by TIES for teachers and those who support technology in the classroom.  TIES has been supporting teachers through InforMNs and Internet- based learning resources since 1993.

Minnesota faces teacher shortage, but how best to fix it?

Minnesota faces a growing shortage of teachers in key specialties, and educators and policymakers are divided over how to attract and retain qualified teachers.


Joe Soucheray: UMN's new protocol for crime alerts will fail

As a result of succumbing to its own ceaseless indoctrination about the virtues of diversity, the University of Minnesota no longer will include race and other descriptions in crime alerts unless, it says, there is enough detail to aid in an arrest. Well, if a one-armed flying purple people eater conked some kid over the head and stole her smartphone, that might be allowed to be released to the campus population, although five will get you 10 that there is a one-armed flying purple people eater community on campus who will find the release of that information objectionable on the grounds that it stereotypes them.


St. Paul student researches, honors 2 soldiers killed in WWII

World War II ended 70 years ago, nearly as distant an event to us today as the Civil War was to those alive during the 1940s.


Education notes: News from schools near you
Education notes -- Several metro-area teachers are among 30 public- and private-school semifinalists for Education Minnesota's teacher of the

St. Paul violinist, 13, wows Landmark crowd and competition judges

Katia Tesarczyk's fingers skitter like a spider across the strings of her Alceste Bulfari violin.


St. Peter teacher must write apology in backpack assault case

The St. Peter teacher accused of hitting a student in the head with an 11-pound backpack two years ago has been ordered to write an apology letter to the victim and undergo counseling.


UMN research review finds inadequate protections

A decade after a psychiatric patient's suicide, the University of Minnesota still fails on several fronts to protect vulnerable human research subjects.


UMD researcher sorts out climate variability from climate change

DULUTH, Minn. -- Research by a University of Minnesota Duluth professor that separates Earth's natural climate variability from outside factors points in particular to greenhouse gas-induced climate change as the likely cause of the warming planet.


West St. Paul educator named president of Bethany Lutheran College

MANKATO, Minn. -- The Bethany Lutheran College Board of Regents has unanimously elected the leader of a West St. Paul private school as the 10th president of the Mankato college, beginning July 1.


Vote on teacher layoff and licensing bill delayed

Disagreement over the cost of a bill to overhaul how Minnesota licenses teachers and how school leaders cut staff kept the legislation from debate on the House floor Thursday.


Amid race concerns, UMN curtails crime suspect descriptions

The University of Minnesota no longer will include race and other descriptions of suspects in email crime alerts, unless there is enough detail to aid in an arrest.


Burnsville-Eagan-Savage voters OK $90M school tax requests

Voters in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district overwhelmingly approved two tax requests Tuesday that will provide about $90 million for capital improvements, classroom technology and teacher training.


Minnesota graduation rates: Find out how your school is doing

Explore the data behind your school's graduation rate with the Pioneer Press's interactive database.


UMD chancellor defends letting hockey coach's contract expire

In a letter to lawmakers, University of Minnesota-Duluth Chancellor Lendley Black said the decision not to retain women's hockey coach Shannon Miller was meticulously vetted and that the school is committed to gender equity.


Minnesota Senate GOP outlines $445M education spending boost

After criticizing plans by Minnesota DFLers to spend as much as $500 million on new education programs, Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an education spending plan of their own.





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