Staff Columns

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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by Don Heinzman Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune A Forest Lake High School student is giving a gift to every student with a learning disability by campaigning to end the use of the R word (retarded) in her high school. Clint Riese, editor of the Forest Lake Times, covered this story that deserves to be [...]

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by Joe Nathan Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune Local field trips for students are common, but not so much for teachers. But a Minnesota school recently took its teachers around neighborhoods they serve to help them understand more about their students and families. The ultimate goal is more student success. Many of the students at [...]

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