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A bill to protect jobs of high school coaches from parental complaints is a bad idea. Seems that some coaches claim they are being let go because too many parents complain about their coaching and how they handle their players. To protect their jobs, the bill in the Legislature would require that the school board […]

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When the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority unveils the design for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium on May 13 at the Guthrie Theatre, the public will get a glimpse of the grand edifice that is planned be built over the next three years. When ground is broken on the Metrodome site in Minneapolis this fall, the […]

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After arriving late to high school several days in a row, a student was asked by a counselor why he was consistently missing his first period class. The young man explained family problems had resulted in him being kicked out of his home. The only place he could find to sleep was a couch at […]

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A growing number of scientific findings on early brain development and the ability of children to learn more earlier is leading educational and business leaders to push for more state funding to educate 3-and 4-year-old children, particularly from communities with concentrations of poor families. Experts say that at the age of 5, a child’s brain […]

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What advice do you have for caring educators? What advice would you give to a young man who recently asked for suggestions? He’s hoping for a career in which he helps make major improvements in public education. Here’s a little about him and a few suggestions. Reactions are welcome. The young man works in a […]

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Today, two stories help illustrate why there’s no single best school for all students. First, a parent speaks, then a student. “We have a 10th-grader who has amazing abilities in music and guitar, but he has pace and reading issues and Asperger’s. He had help in public schools from third grade on. He was successful, […]

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Gov. Mark Dayton’s revised budget is much improved over his initial budget of January 2013. He dumped the “business-to-business” sales tax that generated a snowstorm of opposition from Edina to Elk River, from Caledonia to Little Falls, and all parts in between. Business-to-business sales taxes hurt a company’s bottom line because in most cases, the […]

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Like many, if not most, parents of young athletes, I spent much – probably too much – of my parenting time following my children’s exploits on the athletic fields. My two oldest were soccer players whose games I rarely missed and whose accomplishments engendered an abundance of fatherly pride. My daughter lost interest in sports […]

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The annual pilgrimage by high school sports fans to sports temples will end with the celebration of the boys high school state basketball tournament tonight. They will have cheered 2,600 athletes who will have played in 120 winter sports tournaments. These tournaments are big business for the Minnesota High School League, which rules over high […]

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