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Years ago, few people thought children in suburban communities lacked food. Times have changed, as data points to a growing number of suburban families with children who get their food from food shelves and their breakfasts and lunches at schools. National data say one in five families with children struggles to put enough food on [...]

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Most politicians are guilty as charged: guilty of overusing the words bipartisan and bipartisanship. During most election campaigns, whether it’s for city council, county board, state house, state senate, governor, U.S. house, U.S. senator or president of the United States, we will hear candidates calling for bipartisanship. When a politician sends out a press release [...]

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Should we “trust teachers” much more than we do now?  A recently published, intriguing, important book urges “yes.”    The book  Trusting Teachers with School Success is important in part because it has been endorsed by a variety of educators and education activists, many of whom strongly disagree with each other about other issues such [...]

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Give Dawn Hudson and the Academy Awards for which she ultimately is responsible, an “F” for the recently telecast award program.  Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and her colleagues gave young people and viewers around the world exactly the wrong messages about women, religion and African Americans. Educators are [...]

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Minnesota’s future economic competitiveness will hinge on the success of Minnesota’s kids who are sitting in classrooms today (and even our kids who are just learning to walk). No issue is more important than educating our kids and putting them on a path to the world’s best workforce. Just look at our past. We decided [...]

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Eight dollars to take a photo of a public document? Eight bucks, the district court administrator’s office in Little Falls told a reporter who requested not a copy of the document, but the mere “privilege” of shooting it. That’s a fanciful interpretation of Minnesota data privacy law, which clearly prohibits unreasonable charges for access to [...]

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Good intentions but no price tag and too many priorities. That’s how I’d describe a new national Equity and Excellence Commission report. Here’s a brief summary of the report and a few reactions. Several years ago, Congress created a 27-member group that included two national teachers union presidents, college faculty, several lawyers and directors of [...]

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What can 5- and 6-year-olds learn from building a playground, or high school students learn helping to produce a play, writing a history of their community, creating YouTube videos about the value of Dual (High School/College) credit courses, conducting water quality testing, or planning and then building a community garden? The answer is clear: Students [...]

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