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Minn. Schools, Community Members Search for Ways to Deal with Bullying

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The Atwater-Cosmos Grove School District is considering having a “Safe Room” for students who are being bullied.

Austin School Board Considers Change to School Start Times, Calendar

There’s a push to shake up the school schedule in Austin, Minnesota.

On Tuesday night, a group presented a plan to the Austin Public School Board to change school start times and get rid of summer break. The new plan calls for 45 days of school and 15 days off for students and teachers.

It would also include a later start time for grades five and up.

Amid Nat'l Shortage, St. Cloud School District Hosts Substitute Teacher Job Fair

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Like many school districts, St. Cloud Schools is short on substitute teachers.

Across the country, teachers are heading to class sick and principals are splitting children between classrooms or even taking up teaching duties. The shortage is a problem nationwide as more substitutes are finding permanent work even as other teachers are leaving the field entirely.

22 Minn. Schools Named 'Celebration Schools' for Student Achievement

Twenty-two schools across Minnesota are being recognized for their efforts to increase student achievement.

Maplewood School Receives $10,000 Technology Grant for "Hour of Code" Movement

A Maplewood elementary school will be able to invest $10,000 into new technology for computer science. Non-profit organization, Code.org, awarded Edgerton Elementary the technology grant for 'Hour of Code,' a global effort to increase computer science education.

Sauk Rapids-Rice District Aims to Equalize Costs

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A St. Cloud-area school district is providing individual computers, offering free breakfasts and dropping a transportation fee in an effort to create equal access and reduce costs for all students.

Rural Districts See Drop in Teacher Applications

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School officials in Minnesota's rural districts say they've noticed a decline in applications for teaching jobs.
The Stephen-Argyle district's superintendent tells Minnesota Public Radio News that only eight people applied for a job for the fall. He says ten years ago, the rural, northwest district would have received between 80 and 100.