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Minnesota Students Succeed in International Spotlight
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow November 19, 2007

Good news for Minnesota educators: Your efforts are not in vain. Minnesota students are among the best in the world in science and math.…

An Overreliance on Property Taxes Fails Our Children
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow November 15, 2007

Last week, voters in 67 school districts approved new or increased operating levies. Voters in 32 districts rejected them. Minnesota's other 237 districts held…

Eyeballing the Bang We Get for our Education Buck
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow November 13, 2007

Two professors have cracked the nut of an old problem: How do you perform a cost-benefit analysis on education? Henry M. Levin and Clive…

Can Business Move Pawlenty on Transportation?
By Conrad deFiebre November 12, 2007

  Little by little, Minnesota's biggest and most influential business lobby is throwing its weight behind the investments in roads, bridges and transit the…

There's More to Earmarks than a Bridge to Nowhere
By Conrad deFiebre & Tommy Kim, Minnesota 2020 Undergraduate Research Fellow November 08, 2007

  The bridge to nowhere. The Woodstock Festival museum. An indoor rain forest in Iowa. Congressional funding earmarks for questionable projects have become a…

Swiftboat Torpedoes Robbinsdale School Levy
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow November 07, 2007

A shadow campaign led by anti-public education zealot Paul Dorr used lies, racism and fear to sink Robbinsdale's school district levy referendum on Tuesday.…

After School Program at Washington - "It's a Win, Win, Win Situation"
By Mary Thoemk, TC Daily Planet November 07, 2007

When the school bell rings at the end of the day at Washington Technology Magnet School located in Saint Paul's North End, more than…

Minnesota's Public Libraries: Priceless, in Dollars and Sense
By Lee Egerstrom November 06, 2007

People in southeastern Minnesota were reminded of the value of their public libraries when torrential August rains caused massive flooding, destroying homes and businesses.…

Bridges Shouldn't Fall
By Eliot Seide, Director AFSCME Council 5 November 05, 2007

  In America, bridges shouldn't fall.  That's why people were stunned by the collapse of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi.  We were horrified…

School Levies: Not in an Olympic Year
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow November 02, 2007

Voters in 99 school districts will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the financial future of their schools. It's a high-stakes game. Failure…

Property Taxes: We're All in the Same Boat
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow November 01, 2007

Gov. Pawlenty doesn't pay his bills. School district levies will be decided on Tuesday, but a victory at the polls doesn't mean the problem…

The Ugly Truth
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow October 31, 2007

The contrast is stark: Progressives want to help children get the education they deserve while conservatives would throw students overboard to save a few…

Stepping Up for Bridge Victims
By Conrad deFiebre October 30, 2007

  Say that a part of my house falls down, injuring or killing a passerby. There's little doubt under the law that I'll owe…

Levy - Why Bother?
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow October 26, 2007

Minnesota 2020 continues to examine state K-12 education funding and the resulting levy requests. On Oct. 12, we reported on the state's inadequate investment…

From Zero to $1,000 in 13 Hours?
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow October 24, 2007

Minnesota 2020 continues to examine K-12 education levy requests. On Oct. 12, we reported on the state's inadequate investment in schools that led to…

$173 Million and Counting
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow October 22, 2007

Minnesota 2020 continues to examine the inadequacy of state K-12 education funding and the resulting levy requests. On Oct. 12, we reported on the…

The Dilemma in Combating Climate Change
By Conrad deFiebre October 18, 2007

  Do you expect to do half as much driving in the year 2025 as you do today? That's one suggestion to combat global…

Mankato's Mentoring Program: A Model for Success
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow October 17, 2007

Minnesota 2020's recent report, "Growing Gap: Minnesota's Teacher Recruitment & Retention Crises," highlights some of the key problems facing Minnesota schools. Now a partnership…

Attention for "Growing Gap"
By October 16, 2007

More than half of Minnesota schools are facing shortages of key teachers and the problem is likely to get far worse in the coming…

Growing Gap: Minnesota's Teacher Recruitment & Retention Crises
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow October 15, 2007

Download full report  (pdf) View online at Scribd Undereducated Minnesotans. It's a phrase that would have chilled our parents and grandparents. Minnesotans expect an…

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