‘Back to School’ MinnPost Social draws a crowd to talk education with Beth Hawkins

MinnPost photo by Andrew Wallmeyer
Education reporter Beth Hawkins answering questions during Tuesday night's event.

About 75 people joined MinnPost Tuesday night at Republic Seven Corners in Minneapolis to discuss hot-button issues in K-12 education with MinnPost reporter Beth Hawkins.

Executive Editor Andrew Putz moderated the 90-minute discussion, which touched on everything from the achievement gap to teacher preparation programs.

The bulk of the discussion, however, focused on student assessments and school accountability programs. Hawkins told the crowd that Minnesota’s school accountability system is unlikely to change until federal lawmakers agree on what will replace No Child Left Behind.

It’s expected that outgoing U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will do what he can to advance the issue before he leaves Congress, Hawkins said, but it seems unlikely that Republicans and Democrats will be able to reach an agreement this year. And if the issue is not resolved by January, it’s unlikely to be taken up again until after the 2016 presidential election.

The conversation was a part of MinnPost’s event series, MinnPost Social, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, in which our journalists share their insights with the public in a casual atmosphere. The events are free for MinnPost members, $10 for non-members. 

The next MinnPost Social will take place in November.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Carlson on 09/30/2015 - 12:23 pm.

    Very Fun Night

    It was great to meet you, Beth, and the two Andys! I went home and talked about the social with my wife and I expect she will join me next time. She is a retired high school English teacher and would have loved the discussion. The guest list was impressive and made for great conversation throughout the night. There are few venues where you can get straight talk along with some depth on this very complex topic. Well done – see you next time!! Thanks for a great evening!!

    • Submitted by Beth Hawkins on 10/01/2015 - 01:15 pm.

      Excellent news

      Glad you had fun, Dennis! It was pretty unbelievable how much expertise and experience was packed into a single room. 

  2. Submitted by Cathy Erickson on 10/01/2015 - 07:11 am.

    Sorry I missed it!

    Shoot, how did I miss this was happening? Education is one of my favorite topics!

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