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Minnesota Legislature’s testing cuts came after too little discussion

Editorial Board, Star Tribune, July 9, 2015 State lawmakers need to take another look at ACT, other tests.  In response to concerns about excessive testing, the Minnesota Legislature voted to drop the requirement that all high school juniors take the college entrance ACT exam at state expense. Lawmakers cut the state Department of Education’s testing budget from […]

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Minn. Legislature opens with pledges and a little pushback

Baird Helgeson and Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune, January 9, 2013 – Newly in charge of the Minnesota House, Speaker Paul Thissen on Tuesday pledged that DFLers’ first initiatives will be to repay public schools, provide direct property-tax relief and boost money to state job-creation efforts. “We want to govern well, and we want to fulfill the […]

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Minnesota Legislature preview: 10 issues to watch

Tim Pugmire and Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio, January 4, 2013 – The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for a new session at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 8., with DFL majorities controlling both the House and the Senate. Here are 10 issues that lawmakers will likely address in the coming months. BUDGET The budget will be the main […]

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Education leadership team seen as balanced, thoughtful

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, November 19, 2012 – Education policy advocates were unanimous in their first quick reaction to the newly announced Capitol leadership team: The committee and subcommittee chair appointments in both the state Senate and House of Representatives seem thoughtful, balanced and unlikely to act in lockstep. “You have some really smart and balanced leadership […]

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Who will control the 2013 Minnesota Legislature?

Doug Grow, MinnPost, September 24, 2012 – The most important political contests in Minnesota this year might be the 201 legislative races, which typically receive the least attention. This year, because of redistricting, every seat is up for election. The big issue: Which party will end up controlling the 2013 Legislature? That question plays out in […]

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