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Why was a School Progress Report Released at 9:45 P.M. on a Holiday Eve?
By Minnesota 2020 August 30, 2007

The Minnesota Department of Education released its annual school progress report to the public at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, on the eve of one of…

Bad Bridges, Bad Votes
By Conrad deFiebre August 30, 2007

  State Sen. Dick Day and Rep. Randy Demmer are rivals for the Republican nomination for southeastern Minnesota's seat in the U.S. House next…

Twin Cities Residents Want Transit: Let's Commit to Funding It
By Matt Clark, Transit for Livable Communities August 29, 2007

  In Minnesota, we take care of our communities, but we've been remarkably shortsighted on transportation. The Twin Cities region has changed dramatically over…

A Dearth of Leadership
By August 28, 2007

Half the school districts surveyed in a new national study reported a shortage in the labor pool for elementary and high school principals. Rural…

Education Funding Study Goes Beyond the Numbers
By Minnesota 2020 August 21, 2007

For many years the debate over education in Minnesota has been "how much" money the state gives public schools every year. It's a critical…

As We Respond to Disasters, Let's Get our Facts Straight
By Conrad deFiebre August 21, 2007

  Severe weekend flooding in southeastern Minnesota that destroyed lives, homes, roads and bridges should add momentum to State Capitol discussions of a possible…

Our Minnesota 2020 Policy Summer
By Minnesota 2020 August 20, 2007

In years past, we've spent our summer vacations lifting rocks, painting houses and doing other menial jobs to help pay our college tuition.  This…

Early Ed Study Reveals Impacts, Benefits
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow August 17, 2007

There's good news from the pre-K education front this week, news that proves Minnesota's actions toward greater early education are right on target. A…

Scary at Any Speed
By Conrad deFiebre August 17, 2007

  Among the many Minnesota bridges deemed structurally shakier than the Interstate Hwy. 35W span that collapsed, killing at least nine people, there's one…

Why Can't Jenny Write?
By Elizabeth Shirek, Undergraduate Research Fellow August 15, 2007

Minnesota's future economic growth depends on strong customer service, rapid adaptability and working smarter. Growing reports about higher education preparedness cast that future into…

Transportation Problems Can't Wait
By Conrad deFiebre August 14, 2007

Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Conservatives are exceptionally good at politicizing emotion. From the headlong rush toward a half-trillion-dollar misadventure in Iraq to…

School Finance: The "Minnesota Embarrassment"
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow August 09, 2007

For 20 years, lawmakers have been strangling Minnesota's education budgets, forcing school officials to beg taxpayers to raise their own taxes. This year, politicians…

The Pawlenty U-Turn
By Conrad deFiebre August 07, 2007

  Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement in the wake of the deadly Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge collapse that he will seek a "comprehensive long-term solution"…

Special Election Could Change Transportation Picture
By Conrad deFiebre August 06, 2007

  Minnesotans' long wait in traffic for truly significant progress on the state's vital transportation systems could come down, strangely, to a little-noticed special…

Structurally Unsound
By Conrad deFiebre August 06, 2007

  About 70 highway bridges in the Twin Cities metropolitan area were rated two years ago as less structurally sound than the I-35W span…

451 Minnesota Bridges "Functionally Obsolete"
By Conrad deFiebre August 02, 2007

  The Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge that tragically collapsed into the Mississippi River Wednesday evening was one of 1,135 road spans in Minnesota rated…

Time is Money: Conservatives Slowed Northstar, Ran Up Costs
By Conrad deFiebre August 01, 2007

Imagine this: Sleek passenger trains whisking workers, students, sports fans and even disabled veterans along the busy Minneapolis-St. Cloud corridor at speeds approaching 80…

Teachers Spend $500 a Year for Class Supplies
By John Fitzgerald, Education Policy Fellow July 31, 2007

Each year, Minnesota teachers spend as much as $500 out of their own pockets to pay for classroom essentials. They do it because they…

Early Childhood Investment
By Senator John Hottinger, Special to Minnesota 2020 July 26, 2007

No Child Left Behind? That approach is meaningless as an education goal, if we allow children to start kindergarten behind and then spend millions…

Back to the Future: A Minneapolis streetcar revival
By Conrad deFiebre July 23, 2007

Minneapolis planners are working to revive a long-lost piece of Twin Cities history - a streetcar system that once was the envy of the…

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