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Fight over education funding expected in upcoming legislative session

Reporter Ricard Lopez left no buzz-word unsaid in his recent Star Tribune Hot Dish blog post on education funding: unions, vouchers, funding, tax credits, universal preschool and of course, the constitution. He also highlights a new report from The Educator Policy Innovation Center (EPIC), a work group of licensed educators seeking research-based policy solutions to Minnesota’s education problems. […]

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A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Answer Sheet, November 19, 2014 Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say […]

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The Market Doesn’t Care About Educational Equity

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, April 8, 2014 – As the rhetoric in Minnesota’s upcoming gubernatorial race heats up, you’re bound to hear a lot about school choice — in-district choice programs, charter schools, and vouchers to private schools. While Minnesota currently doesn’t have a voucher system, here are a few key details to keep in mind when candidates […]

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Whither on Vouchers?

Sam Chaltain, Education Week, March 27, 2013 – With news of the Indiana Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in favor of that state’s expansive voucher program – one in which interested families send their children to private schools with public dollars – it’s only a matter of time before more states follow suit and widen a central front […]

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Minnesota’s Scantron becomes latest ed-related firm to quit ALEC

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 29, 2012 – Last week, Minnesota-based Scantron became the 15th corporation to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in recent weeks. Headquartered in Eagan, the $200 million testing and online education provider is best known for creating and scoring the fill-in-the-bubble test answer forms that are the springtime bane of school children pretty […]

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The Long-Term Reform Plan: Vouchers for All

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, April 26, 2012 – This is a big country, and each state comes with its own personality and general ideological bent. Sometimes, that allows those of us in Minnesota to see the future. The current fights we’re having about seniority and teacher evaluation were first fought elsewhere. While charter schools started […]

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Controversial Policy Group Casts Long K-12 Shadow

Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, April 20, 2012 – In nearly 40 years of legislative advocacy, the American Legislative Exchange Council—a free-market, limited-government group now drawing intense scrutiny for its support of a controversial self-defense law—has had a significant influence in K-12 education through its model legislation and work with state lawmakers to promote such policies […]

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Court challenges are brewing across US over the use of public dollars for private education

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press (Star Tribune), April 9, 2012 – WASHINGTON – Students like Delano Coffy are at the heart of brewing political fights and court battles over whether public dollars should go to school vouchers to help make private schools more affordable. He was failing in his neighborhood public elementary school in Indianapolis until […]

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House passes omnibus education bill

Erin Schmidtke, Session Daily, April 2, 2012 – An omnibus bill that would, in part, expand opportunities to take college courses through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options program was approved by the full House . Sponsored by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), the bill provides for a variety of changes to statewide education. Besides expanding postsecondary options, the bill […]

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Parent-child home program grant approved

Erin Schmidtke, Session Daily, March 14, 2012 – A plan to fund a parent-child home program using money meant for early childhood education scholarships turned controversial in the House Education Finance Committee. Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) sponsors HF2729 that would allocate $250,000 for a parent-child home program grant. In these programs, instructors visit families at home to […]

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