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MPR News keeps track of the latest education news in Minnesota and nationwide so you can understand the events shaping the future of learning. Stay informed about local education events, policies and more happening in schools and other learning institutions across the country.

Life as a teen without social media isn’t easy. These families are navigating adolescence offline
The damaging consequences of social media are increasingly well documented, so some parents are trying to raise their children with restrictions or blanket bans on social media use. 
At Wildfire Academy, the next generation joins a firefighting lineage
Through more than 20 years of Wildfire Academy, thousands of wildland firefighters have learned, and later passed along, the skills of a dangerous job.
Red Lake Nation College expands to Minneapolis, students feel sense of home
Red Lake Nation College will serve more students from all backgrounds with its latest expansion to Minneapolis. Native students from the Twin Cities say they have found a sense of belonging at the tribal college’s new site.
Police investigating alleged assault on transgender student inside Hopkins High
Students and LGBTQ+ advocates rallied outside Hopkins High School Wednesday in support of a 17-year-old transgender student who was allegedly assaulted inside the school last week. Police confirmed they are investigating the incident “as a possible hate crime.”
Minnesota OK’d free menstrual products in schools, but that hasn’t solved the problem
Students who helped get the law passed say some schools have come up short since it took effect Feb. 1, extending the frustrations for students struggling to manage periods and classwork.
New Minnesota law limits districts’ ability to hire special education teachers without training
The change was necessary to maintain federal special education funding. But one education advocate said it went too far, and will lead teachers to jump to other specialties.
St. Paul schools turn towards geothermal energy as Minnesota‘s climate shifts
School years in Minnesota can be hot and muggy on either end and freezing in the middle. A high school on the east side of St. Paul wrapped up its first year with a new heating and cooling system to combat climate change that draws energy from the ground.
Rochester police refer 4 teens for possible charges over racial slur on bridge
The slur was spotted and immediately removed by a Minnesota state trooper from the bridge over East Circle Drive in April. Photos of the slur circulated online, though, prompting community meetings and rallies in response.
Class of 2024 reflects on tumultuous journey from 2020 to graduation
The class of 2024 may be one of the most unique college classes. They faced both a pandemic and a racial reckoning — many just as they were beginning college and leaving home for the first time. Now, with diploma in hand, they reflect on the tumultuous journey they made to walk across the stage on graduation day.
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