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Sen. Amy Klobuchar and northwest Minnesota school leaders discuss free meals, internet access, student retention

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

GRAND FORKS - The mental health of students and teachers, free and reduced lunches, and the possibility of distance learning into the next school year were at the top of local school leaders' concerns in a conversation with Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Wednesday, March 31.

Klobuchar met in a conference call with the superintendents of four northwest Minnesota school districts - East Grand Forks Public Schools, Stephen/Argyle Central School District, Park Rapids Area Schools and Greenbush Middle River School District - to discuss how the districts have fared during the pandemic, as well as their concerns going forward. The intent was to help guide Klobuchar's legislative priorities in Washington.

The discussion was expected to cover distance learning, high-speed internet, nutrition and mental health, according to a media advisory. But other topics arose and seemed to take the senator by surprise, particularly a concern raised by East Grand Forks Superintendent Mike Kolness, who worries some students who have found they thrive in a virtual setting may depart from the district next year in favor of a virtual academy.

https://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/education/6963333-Sen.-Amy-Klobuchar-and-northwest-Minnesota-school-leaders-discuss-free-meals-internet-access-student-retention

 

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