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Intelligent Design Quashed
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow January 11, 2008

In an apparent bid to avoid controversy, the Minnesota Department of Education put the kibosh on science standards that might favor Intelligent Design. On…

Schools Suffer Five Years of Financial Drought
By Jeff Van Wychen January 10, 2008

New research proves what educators already know: The state is financially starving Minnesota schools. After adjusting for inflation, revenue for Minnesota public schools has…

St. Cloud Two-Step
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow January 08, 2008

St. Cloud City Council members put on their frowny faces when they approved a 27 percent property tax hike in December. The increase will…

Science Licensure: The Quest for Excellence
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow January 07, 2008

Minnesota education faces a supply and demand problem: As the state's demand for science teachers grows, the supply of new science teachers can't keep…

U.S. Science Education: Good But Should Be Better
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow January 03, 2008

The results of an international test of high school science students are in. The U.S. showing? Tepid. Every three years, the Program for International…

Moving Forward: The Benefit of Transportation Investment to Minnesota's Economy
By Conrad deFiebre January 02, 2008

Download full report  (pdf) Read online at Scribd   On April 30, 1988, Minnesota made its last significant, sustained investment in transportation infrastructure –…

Northstar Rail Makes Sense All Around
By Conrad deFiebre December 28, 2007

  A recent caller to The Mark Heaney radio talk show complained about the "waste" of public funds on the Northstar commuter rail line.…

Cash Flow Is Slow For Moms, Tots
By John Fitzgerald December 19, 2007

Studies show that the earlier children are exposed to reading and math, the better students they will become. And when parents are involved in…

Up the River without a Solid Bridge
By Conrad deFiebre December 17, 2007

  A few miles upstream from the ill-fated I35W bridge over the Mississippi River stands the 102-year-old Lowry Avenue Bridge. It's crooked, but still…

Suburban skills come to the city
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow December 13, 2007

Horse racing may be the sport of kings, but debate is the sport of community leaders. The skills necessary to compete in and win…

Lifelong Learning: New Strategies for the Education of Working Adults
By Brian Bosworth, Center for American Progress December 13, 2007

Read the full report here (pdf) The United States has long relied on rising educational attainment in a rapidly growing labor force to help…

Bridging the digital divide in the Twin Cities
By Julia Degen, TC Daily Planet December 11, 2007

In the age of information technology, living without use of a computer and especially the internet seems unimaginable to many. How could you possibly…

Let’s Get Real on Sex Ed.
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow December 10, 2007

The Centers for Disease Control reported last week that the U.S. teen birth rate rose for the first time since 1991. This information from…

Increasing College Opportunities for Minority Students
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow December 05, 2007

Minority students hold the key to Minnesota's future. The Citizens League of Minnesota's 2004 report, "Trouble on the Horizon," offered several statistics: The number…

The Imaginary Urban-Rural Transportation Divide
By Conrad deFiebre December 04, 2007

  In an economics experiment known as the ultimatum game, subjects offered a share of a $10 windfall regularly turn down the free money…

The Real Problem with MnDOT Leadership
By Conrad deFiebre December 04, 2007

  Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau has faced lots of well-deserved heat for her performance as state transportation commissioner in the wake of the I35W…

Key "No Child Left Behind" provision is a failure
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow November 29, 2007

Private tutors paid with public money - a key No Child Left Behind requirement - have no effect on how students perform on NCLB-mandated…

Untrained and Unprepared: More Incompetence at MnDOT
By Conrad deFiebre November 28, 2007

  In the confusion following the collapse of the I35W bridge on Aug. 1, local police, firefighters and paramedics were hampered by a weak…

Runaway Train: Minnesota's Aging Rails
By Conrad deFiebre November 21, 2007

  Although few Minnesotans have noticed, the I-35W freeway bridge in Minneapolis was not the only large span to collapse in our state this…

Made in MN: The Value of Buying Local this Holiday Season
By Lee Egerstrom November 20, 2007

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd Click Here for the Made in MN Holiday Gift Guide Buying Minnesota-made products will improve Minnesota's…

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