Tag Archives | equity & adequacy

After education-adequacy ruling in Colorado, Minnesotan suggests different way to frame the issue

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, June 11, 2013 – As the ink was drying on Minnesota’s 2013 education finance bill, Colorado’s Supreme Court was handing down a decision long awaited by public-school advocates throughout the country. The 4-2 decision is not good news for advocates of increased school funding, but it does add to a growing body of intelligence about […]

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Education-equalization proposal to go before state task force

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, November 27, 2012 – This afternoon, the education policy agenda for the next legislative session is getting a soft roll-out in a conference room in the Roseville offices of the Minnesota Department of Education. It’s not sexy, it’s not easy to understand, and it’s utterly devoid of gimmicky items like letter grades […]

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Education equity helps Minnesota students

Vina Kay, Star Tribune Counterpoint, June 13, 2012 – We must be mindful of race if we hope to address disparities. We wish to offer some clarity in the storm of hysteria the “danger zone” piece tried to stir up. The Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, cited as working with the Minnesota Department of Education to […]

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State poised to enter a legal danger zone

Katherine Kersten, Star Tribune, June 9, 2012 – Minnesota is heading straight toward a legal buzz saw. Our state faces a looming “educational adequacy” lawsuit that threatens both the quality of our public schools and our cherished tradition of school choice — and may bankrupt the state treasury in the process. Though the suit will […]

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Mike Ciresi on education equity: ‘We’re in it for the long term’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 30, 2012 – Mike Ciresi Mike Ciresi has never been accused of being a quiet man. The most famous of the courtroom victories to come of his four decades as a trial attorney was the $6 billion the tobacco industry paid in 1998 to settle a suit with the state of Minnesota. Before […]

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A poor grade on education for lawmakers

Star Tribune Editorial, May 15, 2012 – Lawmakers didn’t make much progress on education reform. ONE CONCERN “Our members are really worried about integration aid — just about every one of our metro school districts receive those funds. Next June the funding will sunset, but the desegregation rule was not repealed. Will it turn into […]

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A New Take on ‘No Excuses’ — Tackling Poverty to Provide Meaningful Opportunity

John H. Jackson, Huffington Post, April 25, 2012 – We all know that factors related to poverty can limit learning in a number of ways. Lack of quality early-childhood care and education impedes healthy development and kindergarten readiness. Inadequate access to preventive and basic remedial health care substitute sick days and emergency room visits for […]

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When it comes to your schools, parents can make a difference

MaryHelen Swanson, East Central Minnesota Post Review, April 4, 2012 – The small group of educators and parents gathered at the Isanti Middle School last Tuesday, March 27, was encouraged to do several things: keep an open mind, listen to the facts and become a fierce advocate for their children’s education. Knowing that area school […]

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Fewer Options for Greater Minnesota

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 7, 2012 – The past few weeks have seen a major legislative battle in Saint Paul about teacher seniority and school layoffs. The proposed policy, spearheaded by the same legislators happy to cut school funding at any opportunity, would replace seniority with an undeveloped, unproven evaluation system when schools are […]

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Success of Colorado suit over education funding has implications for Minnesota

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, December 15, 2011 – The Colorado Legislature’s funding of education is “irrational and inadequate,” a Denver judge has ruled. On Friday, a Denver District Court judge ruled that the Colorado Legislature’s “irrational and inadequate” funding system violates that state’s constitution, which promises a “thorough and uniform” education system. “There is not one […]

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