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Science Scores Show Bruise on Education's Apple
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow September 05, 2007

Minnesota schools need to produce high-quality scientists and mathematicians to fuel the state's growing high-tech economy. While Minnesota students topped the nation in overall…

This Punishment is a Crime
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow September 04, 2007

When punishment is handed down to schools that don't meet state mandated test scores, schools lose money where it is needed most: to help…

Why was a School Progress Report Released at 9:45 P.M. on a Holiday Eve?
By Minnesota 2020 August 30, 2007

The Minnesota Department of Education released its annual school progress report to the public at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, on the eve of one of…

A Dearth of Leadership
By August 28, 2007

Half the school districts surveyed in a new national study reported a shortage in the labor pool for elementary and high school principals. Rural…

Education Funding Study Goes Beyond the Numbers
By Minnesota 2020 August 21, 2007

For many years the debate over education in Minnesota has been "how much" money the state gives public schools every year. It's a critical…

Early Ed Study Reveals Impacts, Benefits
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow August 17, 2007

There's good news from the pre-K education front this week, news that proves Minnesota's actions toward greater early education are right on target. A…

Why Can't Jenny Write?
By Elizabeth Shirek, Undergraduate Research Fellow August 15, 2007

Minnesota's future economic growth depends on strong customer service, rapid adaptability and working smarter. Growing reports about higher education preparedness cast that future into…

School Finance: The "Minnesota Embarrassment"
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow August 09, 2007

For 20 years, lawmakers have been strangling Minnesota's education budgets, forcing school officials to beg taxpayers to raise their own taxes. This year, politicians…

Teachers Spend $500 a Year for Class Supplies
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow July 31, 2007

Each year, Minnesota teachers spend as much as $500 out of their own pockets to pay for classroom essentials. They do it because they…

Early Childhood Investment
By Senator John Hottinger, Special to Minnesota 2020 July 26, 2007

No Child Left Behind? That approach is meaningless as an education goal, if we allow children to start kindergarten behind and then spend millions…

No Child Left Behind - How It Looks From the Back
By David Jennings, Special to Minnesota 2020 July 19, 2007

David Jennins is Superintendent at Chaska School, District 112 Fifty different states declare standards in reading, math, and science which may vary slightly, but…

Help Wanted: Finding Qualified Teachers in Rural Minnesota
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow July 19, 2007

Who teaches science if science teachers can't be found? Minnesota's Senior High, Junior High and Middle schools are facing a curriculum quality crisis because,…

Charting a New Consensus on Education
By Steve Kelley, Special to Minnesota 2020 July 17, 2007

Steve Kelley is the Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy housed at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of…

Wired for Success?
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow July 10, 2007

The Stillwater School District's controversial laptop computer technology curriculum decision highlights a Minnesota education public policy choice: are school districts punished or rewarded for…

Tuition Agreement Opens More Opportunities
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow July 05, 2007

Minnesota needs more affordable higher educational options, not fewer. With the renewed Minnesota-Wisconsin tuition reciprocity deal, our state has retained a valuable learning opportunity…

Parents Lobby for Schools
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow June 28, 2007

Minnesota school parents aren't taking state educational funding cuts and shortfalls lying down. They're standing up. The push to change how Minnesota pays for…

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