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ACT: Minnesota high schoolers tops

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, August 22, 2012 – Minnesota high school graduates continue to beat the national average in the ACT college entrance exam. The test measures how proficient students are in English, reading, math and science. It’s also a good indicator of whether students are ready for college level courses. Minnesota’s 2012 high school […]

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Hard work paying off for public schools, despite rising poverty and inequality

Maureen Ramirez, Growth & Justice, March 21, 2012 – More good news for Minnesota and for the thousands of public school teachers and leaders who have been working so hard for so many years to improve achievement and attainment in our education system.  High school graduation rates have risen over the last decade, even though […]

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New Report Gives Minnesota a Grade of “C-” for Teacher Policies – January 25, 2012

National Council on Teacher Quality Contact Sarah Brody Phone 202.393.0020 ext. 110 sbrody@nctq.org Minnesota has shown a great deal of progress on teacher effectiveness policy but still has considerable work to do Today the National Council on Teacher Quality releases its 2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, its fifth annual report grading the states based on […]

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Minnesota among states to get ‘F’ in civil rights education

Sarah Horner, Pioneer Press, September 28, 2011 – Minnesota and 34 other states got an “F” in a new study [link added] that looked at how well schools are educating students about the civil rights movement, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the study’s author. Released Wednesday by the civil rights organization, the study […]

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Investment in Education Equals Economic Prosperity

John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020, October 17, 2008 – Investment in education is an investment in your pocketbook. Research conclusively shows that when Minnesotans invest in education, the result is a skilled workforce that creates a vibrant, robust economy despite the cost of the initial investment. That workforce and economy attracts more businesses which raises wages, creates […]

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Minnesota’s Slip Toward Mediocrity: Less Investment, Less Return

Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020, June 4, 2008 – Click here for the full report (PDF) Executive summary Minnesota’s national ranking on key performance indicators has declined in recent years at the same time that the state has decreased its public investment relative to other states.Since 1995, state and local government revenues and expenditures in […]

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Minnesota’s economist worries about future of the state’s sputtering economic engine

Britt Robson, MinnPost, November 19, 2007 – Tom Stinson is a man thorough in his research, nonpartisan in his behavior and cautious in his pronouncements, which is how he has been able to serve effectively as the Minnesota State Economist for the past 20 years under governors from three different political parties. After a half-century […]

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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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