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Middle Class Fighting for Crumbs
By Lee Egerstrom April 09, 2013

If you recall childhood experiences with sharing, like splitting a cookie with four friends, one would almost always have to settle for crumbs. This…

False Choices: The Economic Argument Against Market-Driven Education Reform
By Michael J. Diedrich January 17, 2012

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd After experimenting with market-based, competitive education initiatives for 20 years with little statewide education improvement, it’s…

Tax Migration Myth Exposed
By John R. Van Hecke August 29, 2011

A new study from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)* dispels conservatives’ myth that increases in state income taxes cause significant out-migration…

Demographic Changes’ Impact on Early Childhood Education
By Jill Thompson January 02, 2013

Education achievement gaps across races and economic strata are a problem throughout the country and, despite a high overall education ranking, Minnesota is no…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Washington’s the New Vegas
By John R. Van Hecke October 04, 2013

It took me awhile to figure this out but, among conservative public policy advocates, Washington is clearly the new Vegas. And, what happens in…

Tuesday Talk: Fighting Poverty at School
By Joe Sheeran December 17, 2013

We can’t allow poverty to be an excuse for poor school performance and achievement. Therefore, Minnesota must build an education system that helps students…

VIDEO: NiceRide Hibernates
By Tom Niemisto November 08, 2012

Earlier this week, workers scooped up those iconic green bikes and hauled them into storage until spring. NiceRide Minnesota tallied 274,045 bike trips 2012,…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Recycling Ready for its Close-Up
By John R. Van Hecke August 23, 2013

Let’s get this straight. All recycling is garbage while most garbage is unrealized recycling. Got that? Good, because more recycling means less garbage. Less…

Tuesday Talk: Frustrated with the Black Friday madness?
By Joe Sheeran November 26, 2013

This week, hundreds of Minnesota retail workers will spend their Thanksgiving on the job, helping their big box bosses pad multimillion dollar bottom lines.…

Beyond Educational Isolation: Do We Work Together or Fight Each Other?
By Michael Diedrich November 27, 2013

Here’s my attempt at an appropriately Thanksgiving-related hook. This is a holiday stereotypically fraught with contradictions. What is billed as a holiday about coming…

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