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The myth that public schools are failing: what is the source?

This article highlights corporate attempts to privatize public education. Author and Executive Director of YES! Magazine, Dean Paton, provides an interesting perspective on how “politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.” Interesting graphics paint a picture of corporate greed and it’s ugly ties to education reform. Is it […]

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Public Schools Are a Public Good

Jerusha Conner, US News, April 16, 2015 The rapid growth of market-driven charter schools erodes a cornerstone of American democracy. In New Orleans, charter schools are the norm. Many involved in K-12 education seem to be growing weary of the charter school versus public school debate. Mark Gleason, head of a private advocacy organization in […]

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Minnesota legislative session: New hopes for bipartisanship

Christopher Magan and Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press, January 3, 2015   The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as seen from behind, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff) Republicans and Democrats agree on the big issues Minnesotans want addressed when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday, but true bipartisanship is as much […]

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The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind

Maggie Stearms, POLITICO PRO, January 2, 2015 The Republican plan could dramatically roll back the federal role in education. Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year — one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and […]

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Funding, testing and tenure are 2015 House Republican education priorities

Joe Nathan, HometownSource.com, November 6, 2014 Contacted on Election Day, two key Minnesota House Republicans offered several priorities in education. Democrats are still the majority in the Minnesota Senate, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected, but Republicans replaced DFLers as the majority in the Minnesota House. The legislative process ultimately requires compromises between House, […]

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Mark Phillips, Edutopia, JUNE 10, 2014     Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, a new book by David Berliner and […]

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A bittersweet victory at Lucy Laney Community School

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April, 24, 2014 A few days ago Mauri Melander’s heart broke in a way it hadn’t ever before in her 35-year history first as a student and then an educator with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). After years of failed initiatives, overhyped plans and other efforts to change some bleak realities at the […]

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Rules of engagement for Minnesota’s education wars

Kent Pekel, Community Voices, MinnPost, April 8, 2014 – Although in typical Minnesota fashion we have kept the skirmishes civil, education wars are raging across our state. Fierce debates about what and how we teach our children are underway between districts, unions, advocacy groups and politicians across the political spectrum. Those battles will be waged with […]

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How Do You Design a Great School (& A Great System)?

Sam Chaltain, Education Week, April 2, 2014  – Too often, when I look around at what passes for innovative practices or cutting-edge policy recommendations, I see something very different: I see us perfecting our ability to succeed in a system that no longer serves our interests. Two recent articles reinforce this point — and light a […]

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On Ed Reform: How Long Will This Take?

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 31, 2014 – A lot of people are frustrated by the pace of education reform. I’m one of them. The equity problems in our school system (part of a vicious cycle of society-wide inequity) are offensive and hurtful. We want them gone, and we wish they had been resolved long before […]

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