Joe Nathan
Three important questions come from “Do Schools Challenge our Children?” a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP): •Is school too easy for many youngsters? •Should we believe student surveys? •If the answer to the first two questions is “yes,” now what? CAP describes itse...Read More
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People like Eric and Sam have valuable insights about free college courses via Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). And now, the Legislature has expanded PSEO to include 10th graders. Responding to an earlier column, Eric wrote the Forest Lake Times, “PSEO is a great option for high school st...Read More
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Will you take five minutes to help protect your children?  Please consider several steps  suggested below that come from a Lakeville incident. First, read the following with (not to, but with) your youngster(s).  It’s from a June 12 press release. “Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom annou...Read More
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Widespread adoption of cell phones and computers helps explain a startling statistic: In the last decade, the number of Minnesota K–12 students attending charter public schools has increased more than 29,000, while the number of students attending district public schools has declined by more than ...Read More
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Battles, creativity and determination were displayed on the state Capitol steps last week, and I’m not talking about the stadium debate. Several hundred parents, educators, students and state legislators listened to, and honored 38 students, ages 5–18, whose essays were judged best from among th...Read More
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What do you see when you first walk into a school? Every week I visit several schools in this or other states. The differences are dramatic. First impressions are important, whether for individuals or an institution, I think what a school chooses to display in its “front hall” or entry area tell...Read More
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Some surprising, as well as some continuing themes came through when I asked school leaders around the state for a brief summary of their legislative priorities. Common themes were respecting local control, equalizing funding, reducing holdbacks and for charter public schools, and creating opportuni...Read More
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