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Continued: January school closings may lead to makeup days in June

  • Article by: KIM MCGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 24, 2014 - 8:49 AM

For teachers, a mixed blessing

For teachers, the school closings have meant a chance to catch up on paperwork.

Lisa Olson, a fourth-grade teacher at Elk River, spent about 4½ hours on Thursday doing paperwork before taking her kids to a movie.

“I think every teacher brings home a stack of papers every night,” she said. “I was very happy to get to my pile today.”

Still, she and other teachers say they worry that more missed schools days could hurt student learning.

Thousands of students will begin taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments this spring. That high-stakes test influences poverty aid and school rankings and shapes opinions about teacher quality.

“There is definitely a rush to make sure they can get all the lessons in before then,” said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, the statewide teachers union.

Staff writers Jim Anderson, Anthony Lonetree and Erin Adler contributed to this report, as did Meghan Holden, a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune. Kim McGuire • 612-673-4469

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