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Getting Engaged

Tricia Cornell, Minnesota Parent Magazine, October 02, 2006 – You’re already making brownies Is there more you can do for your school? “So, how was school today?” It can start as simply as that. Next thing you know, you’ll find yourself in your legislator’s office discussing the pros and cons of vouchers. Well, that’s a […]

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Park Rapids highlights education inequalities

Mankato Free Press Editorial, September 15, 2006 – Everybody talks a good game when it comes to public education. But in Minnesota, the public school systems that keep pace with today’s educational challenges are those that contain a majority of residents who vote to raise their own local taxes. Instead of allowing legitimate complaints about […]

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Rocori fees reveal flaws in funding of education

St. Cloud Times Editorial, August 18, 2006 – Sometimes it’s the little things that remind of us bigger problems. Take the Rocori school district as an example. Faced with increasing enrollment, crowded conditions and a constituency unwilling to provide more resources, its school board this week decided to make mandatory what had been some optional […]

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Toward a more competitive state

Jay Kiedrowski and John Gunyou, Star Tribune Commentary, August 15, 2006 – Rather than just debate taxes in Minnesota, let’s focus on where and how those resources are being invested. Taxes are always an issue in any election year, and this one is no exception. Growth & Justice recently jump-started the tax debate with its […]

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Man Behind ‘Minnesota Miracle’ Tax Reforms Dies

WCCO-TV, December 01, 2005 – (AP) St. Paul Gerald Christenson, who had a hand in shaping in state education policy for decades despite never holding elective office, has died of cancer. He was 75. Christenson, of Arden Hills, was an architect of the “Minnesota Miracle” tax reforms that evened out disparities in Minnesota school funding. […]

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Is Adequacy the Goal We Want for Minnesota Schools?

Renee Murray, Community Columnist, Pioneer Press, May 12, 2005 – I am ever so grateful to have teenagers living at my house. I know, I know, you’re thinking I’m certifiable. The real reason I’m grateful is that, having teens means that, as a family, we are crawling closer to the end of direct involvement with […]

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Cracks begin to form in Minnesota’s miracle

Guest Editorial:  LeRoy Stumpf, Grand Forks Herald, July 04, 2004 – THIEF RIVER FALLS – Personal income earned by Minnesotans outpaced the nation from the 1960s to the late 1990s. As state economist Tom Stinson put it recently, our rise in prosperity over the past 40 years “is an amazing success story.” Minnesota ranked around […]

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