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Minnesota’s reputation needs legislative help

Derek Larson, St. Cloud Times Writers Group, April 2, 2013 – Each month, the Gallup organization surveys a broad sample of Americans on a range of issues including physical and emotional health, life satisfaction, work satisfaction and a quality-of-life catchall labeled “access.” The results are reported on a state-by-state basis, with Minnesota joining Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, […]

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Howard Casmey’s legacy: ‘He was a positive, futuristic visionary’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, February 20, 2013 – Howard “Hap” Casmey believed that education was society’s great equalizer, that it ought to be funded equitably and by taxpayers, and that it should change continually. When he died last week at the age of 87 at his home in Virginia, public education in Minnesota and throughout the country […]

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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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Minnesota scrutinizes 40-year-old ‘Miracle’

Tom Robertson, Minnesota Public Radio, December 23, 2011 – Bemidji, Minn. — Forty years ago, Minnesota lawmakers created a new way to pay for local schools and governments. Reacting to skyrocketing local property tax rates in parts of Minnesota, they sought to equalize the system by sharing state tax dollars. Now, that plan is under […]

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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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Colorado trial on school adequacy, equity has implications for Minnesota

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 05, 2011 – After six years of motions, appeals and countermotions, earlier this week a landmark trial over the constitutionality of Colorado’s school funding system opened. For the next month, a parade of education-policy notables will take the witness stand to debate whether that state’s education system is underfunded. Why should […]

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Latest school aid shift a good reason to revisit plan to revamp funding

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, July 15, 2011 – In observance of the 60-40 shift in state education funding agreed to Thursday by Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP lawmakers, let’s take a look at another shift that might have resulted in a very different outcome. In May, a week before the Legislature adjourned at a stalemate, a […]

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Minnesota needs to reclaim its education heritage

Michael Ciresi and Roberta Walburn, Minnesota Public Radio, June 15, 2011 – As our legislators face a special session, grappling with education and budget issues, they should take note of their constitutional responsibilities — and the glaring educational inadequacies in our state. Here in Minnesota, we like to think of ourselves as a state where […]

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Education for all: It’s in the Constitution

Michael V. Ciresi and Roberta B. Walburn, Star Tribune, June 12, 2011 – Minnesota is failing to meet its declared obligation to many students. Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that — despite a multibillion state budget shortfall — it was unconstitutional for the legislature to cut funding for disadvantaged schools. The court […]

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Education for all: It’s in the Constitution

Michael V. Ciresi and Roberta B. Walburn, Star Tribune, June 12, 2011 – Minnesota is failing to meet its declared obligation to many students. Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that — despite a multibillion state budget shortfall — it was unconstitutional for the legislature to cut funding for disadvantaged schools. The court […]

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