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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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 strongl...Read More
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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 wo...Read More
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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 loo...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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 pr...Read More
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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 bu...Read More
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Members of a church in St. Bonifacius gave five couples a Valentine they won’t forget – a free wedding worth at least $1,500. The Rev. John Braland of the Freshwater Community Church came up with the idea after realizing couples want to get married but can’t afford the expense of the wedding. ...Read More
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This week I thought about people like Wayne Pikal, Ramona de Rosales, Doug and Dee Thomas, Eric and Ella Mahmoud and Keith Lester. Foundation support helped these “practical visionaries” carry out their (very good) ideas. This issue comes up, in part, because the Minnesota-based Bush Foundation ...Read More
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