Staff Columns

Joe Nathan’s weekly columns published by this newspaper are making a difference, potentially helping save families of college-bound students millions of dollars while helping improve public schools. ECM Publishers is proud to publish Nathan’s columns. His messages are shaking up content on state and school district websites, getting out information that state law requires schools [...]

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A Minnesota group calling itself “Better Ed” should “know better” than to distribute misleading statistics. Perhaps even worse than the original act of distributing a postcard with inaccurate statistics is an email acknowledgement that these folks know the statistics are not accurate! Here’s the story, along with reactions from a few Minnesota superintendents whose high [...]

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Can the Minnesota Business Partnership, which focuses on making the best possible use of existing funds, and Parents United, which urges that more money be spent on Minnesota’s public schools, find things they agree on? Can the African American Leadership Forum, which represents more than a thousand Minnesotans, many deeply concerned about public schools, agree [...]

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by Don Heinzman Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune Suburban voters hold the key on what party will control the governorship and the Legislature in 2014. The Republican Party has an uphill climb among suburban voters because, by and large, suburban interests, namely the education package, have been positively received. The cornerstone of most communities is [...]

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“I think it is vitally important to have the ‘Getting Prepared’ report updated in 2014, given the push we did this legislative session to advance early college opportunities for all secondary students.” That’s what Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul and chair of the Minnesota House K-12 Education Policy Committee, told me this week. State law [...]

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