Staff Columns

Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools. First, the state teachers union has agreed on the potential value of yearly teacher evaluations. Second, a just-released report, “Quality Compensation,” encourages Minnesotans to build on success from a formerly controversial reform called Q Comp, which provided extra funds to districts and charters that [...]

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Young people like Kerrie Maleski, Kayley Schoonmaker, Matt Rubel and Will Tully are part of a major trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students in Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. They’ve also been elected as leaders of the Minnesota State College Student Association. National research says cost and preparation for good jobs [...]

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The millennials, ages 18-34, are forcing changes in the metropolitan area housing patterns, particularly in the first-ring suburbs and urban centers. Steve Elkins is the District 5 Metropolitan Council member, representing Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and Hopkins, who spoke to progressives recently in Bloomington. He is an economist for Optum Technology, a division of United Health [...]

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Alia Jackson and Pierre Fulford are just two of the millions of young people who have gained from charter public schools. On July 29, they joined with former Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Howard Fuller and almost 200 Minnesota parents and educators to discuss what is working well and what needs to be improved with Minnesota’s [...]

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One of my favorite family memories is sandbagging by the St. Croix River with two of our children. It comes to mind after the Independence Day – a holiday celebrating the sacrifice and selflessness of others. One of the most important things a family can do together this summer is help young people continue this [...]

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