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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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Ruttan Hall: A New Name, New Opportunities; Old Traditions
By Lee Egerstrom October 18, 2010

Millions of people will go to bed tonight worried about where their next meal is coming from. Thousands of Minnesotans will go to bed…

One District’s Way: A Teacher Evaluation System
By Valerie Ong March 16, 2011

When Carol Hanson first started teaching back in 1980, professional development was slim, centering on one-time speakers and little other expert support. By 2005,…

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