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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

To Minnesota: A Warning from Kazakhstan
By Rebecca Jeong, Macalester College December 31, 2013

In today's installment of environmental op-eds from Macalester College students, we examine what Minnesota can learn from one of last century's worst natural resource…

VIDEO: Customized Learning with Tablets
By Tom Niemisto December 03, 2012

Several Minnesota school districts are harnessing the educational value of tablet computers in the classroom. We visited Farmington Public Schools, which is one of the first…

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…

A Decade of School Funding Cuts Reversed
By Jeff Van Wychen November 11, 2013

Download report (pdf) View online at Scribd After a decade of cuts in real (i.e., inflation adjusted) per pupil state support for K-12 education,…

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