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Boys and Girls State Minnesota instills civics in students who create a government in a week
Boys State and Girls State are separate, weeklong programs run by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, respectively and they are a crash course on the inner workings of government.
Second-chance smells? Gustavus Adolphus College’s corpse flower is also a reluctant bloomer
If you weren’t one of the 20,000 people to catch a whiff of Horace at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, you might get a second chance with Gemini, Gustavus Adolphus College’s corpse flower. But like Horace, it’s taking its time to bloom.
University of Minnesota delays plan to hire genocide studies director
The University of Minnesota will likely wait more than a year to hire a new director for its Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, after pausing a hiring process amid controversy. A new search committee will include further community input.
University of Minnesota raises tuition for next school year
In a split vote on Thursday, the university’s Board of Regents approved tuition increases as part of a $5 billion budget. It’s the university’s highest tuition increase in over a decade.
While women outnumber men on campus, their later earnings remain stuck
On college campuses, women are making inroads in male-dominated fields like engineering and business. But that is not eliminating the earnings gaps in leadership and income in the workplace.
Minneapolis resolution passes, school focused on Native cultural education to get new home
A Minneapolis elementary school dedicated to American Indian cultural education is on track to move into its own building for the first time since the school opened almost a decade and a half ago. Students’ families and school leaders are also asking the district for dedicated busing.
Cuts to St. Cloud State University degrees, faculty get final approval
The university will eliminate about 90 programs and 13 percent of its full-time faculty, or 54 positions. SCSU’s acting president said the cuts are necessary to correct a structural budget deficit caused by years of spending that outpaced student enrollment.
With short-term budget fix in hand, Minneapolis school board turns to long game: school closures
District leaders will begin walkthroughs of campuses this summer, as part of a study that will inform a school closure plan, the school board chair tells MPR News. A budget passed Tuesday relied largely on one-time funding to close a $110 million deficit.
Sandy Hook survivors to graduate with mixed emotions without 20 of their classmates
About 60 of the 330 kids graduating from Newtown High School will also be carrying the emotional burden of knowing that many of their former classmates won't get to walk across the stage with them.
Federal appeals court weighs challenge to Iowa ban on books with sexual content from schools
Attorneys for LGBTQ+ youth, teachers and major publishers have asked a federal appeals court to affirm a lower court order that blocked key parts of an Iowa law banning books depicting sex acts from school libraries and classrooms.