Minnesota teens: Smarter and safer

Teens are buckling up more and smoking less, a statewide survey shows.

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Breathing easier

A state program has helped clean up the exhaust from thousands of school buses.

Nasro Mahamud works on a project in Thomas Belt’s Arabic class at Roosevelt High

Salam. (Hello.)

Minneapolis public schools now offer K-12 Chinese and Arabic language classes.

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New online H.S. for GLBTQ students

In January 2010, a new online school opened in Minnesota for GLBTQ students.

More students booting up computers to go to school

Computing to school, online schools gain popularity

More Minnesota students are turning to digital classrooms by enrolling in online classes and schools.

Teen guys most likely to be shot in Minnesota

Gunning for trouble

When Joe, a 21-year-old high school student from Minneapolis, was shot last November, he was sure someone was trying to kill him. He knows who shot him and is sure it was gang-related, but he doesn’t want the police involved. Joe’s story reflects who’s most likely to get shot in Minnesota.

Schools try to ban cellphones from school

Cellphones in school a tool for teaching and troublemaking

Claire McKitrick, a senior at South High School in Minneapolis, was standing in the hallway just checking the time on her cellphone last fall when her coach snatched it out of her hand with no warning.

College's biggest challenge can be paying the bills

Congrats on getting in to college! Now send money

“Study hard. Go to college,” is the mantra of many parents to their children. Although some teens worry about getting in, many don’t realize that the biggest challenge of college isn’t always admission or academics, but simply being able to pay for it.

Illustration by Ruby Thompson of Avalon School

Cyberbullying is for cowards

Alfred Olson, 16, was visiting an online forum, “Forum Springs,” when an anonymous person told him: “Screw you, you suck.”

Working at college can help pay for school

If you are a student looking for ways to fund your college education without taking out loans, a good financial aid option to consider is work-study.

Lisa Fan

Where to find scholarships for college

Lisa used four popular websites that other teens had recommended: Fastweb, Cappex, Collegeboard and

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How to get as many scholarships for college as possible

With college tuition rising each year, high school students everywhere are looking for ways to pay for college without building a huge pile of debt.

College grants are free money

Like scholarships, grants are “free money” because you don’t have to pay them back.

Break down of a financial aid award letter

Probably the most important letter your college will send you to will be the financial aid award letter.

Tips for managing your student loans

Here are some great tips for handling student loans before and during college.

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Borrowing money for school? Know what it costs you

For every person who dreams of going to college, there is the reality check of how much it’s going to cost.

Mariah Davis

Need money for college? Fill out the FAFSA.

Intimidated about filling out the form for college financial aid? Reporter Mariah Davis breaks it all down.

Is college worth it?

In 2010, in the middle of the Great Recession, when many college grads were selling shoes or delivering pizza,
some people asked: Is college worth it?

Rapper Brother Ali never earned his diploma, but he wants to now

Q & A with Rapper Brother Ali: High school opens huge doors

Local rapper Brother Ali never finished high school. It made him feel shame, which is why he helped out Minneapolis public schools with an effort to attract back high school drop outs by doing a TV commercial for the district. After finishing his current tour, Brother Ali plans to finish his diploma.

Minneapolis campaigns to convince dropouts to return to school

Minneapolis works to bring back high school dropouts

After an estimated 1,900 students left Minneapolis public schools before graduating during the 2009-2010 school year, the school district teamed up with teen volunteers in a campaign to bring them back to school.

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