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U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Public News Service - MN: Education

Census officials say they haven't pinpointed exact reasons as to why young children are undercounted, but they hope that issue doesn't arise in the 2020 count. (Adobe Stock)

MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- The nation is almost at a standstill as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, but that isn't stopping the 2020 Census from getting under way. In Minnesota, residents are being reminded to ensure all children are counted, even those in temporary situations. Minnesota has a strong r

Minnesota's government has a goal that by 2022, all businesses and homes will have access to high-speed broadband providing minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of at least 3 mbps.(Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Starting Wednesday, Minnesota public schools will be closed for several days, and more people will work remotely because of coronavirus concerns. That has renewed calls for more broadband internet access in rural areas. The state recently announced additional investments to esta

In Minnesota, only a some teachers are required to receive suicide-prevention training. But a bill in the Legislature would expand that requirement to all teachers. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers, educators and industry experts are demanding a more robust support system for students struggling with mental health issues. A proposed bill in the state Legislature would expand the number of teachers who receive suicide-prevention training when they need to

Minnesota policymakers have long struggled with their approach in reducing achievement gaps in schools. (Adobe Stock)

ST PAUL, Minn. - Calling it a big first step, supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment dealing with education equality say they're energized now that a bill has been introduced. Formal legislation was unveiled in the Minnesota House this week. The move follows a new campaign led by

According to state officials, 4 in 10 Minnesota public school students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch programs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Groups in Minnesota concerned with fighting hunger are pressing state lawmakers to approve bills addressing the issue of "lunch-shaming" in schools and funding for mobile food-shelves. Those are the top priorities of the annual "Hunger Day on the Hill" at the State Capitol. Coll

Advocates say two in five college students in Minnesota are facing food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- College students across Minnesota are now back on their respective campuses following the long holiday break. But advocates say many students are struggling to get the food they need. A recent report notes that 40% of Minnesota college students have experienced food insecurity

Minnesota has long struggled with gaps in test scores and graduation rates for various student groups. (Tamarcus Brown/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota would update language concerning education for students of all backgrounds. But an advocacy group says other racial gaps need to be addressed as well. Last week, former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Federal

A children's advocacy group estimates that more than 219,000 of Minnesota's school-age children are alone and unsupervised in the hours after school. (Lukas/Pexels)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the academic year nears the halfway point, some communities in Minnesota are still struggling to make sure kids are spending quality time when classrooms let out for the day. Children's advocates say that's because years of funding cuts for after-school programs are showin

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