Opinion
Four state education and policy leaders I contacted recently had strong, somewhat different responses to Minnesota Department of Education’s Feb. 24 report about increases in Minnesota’s high school graduation rates. I partly agree with each of them. The news is neither entirely good nor entirel...Read More
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Did you vote in the last general election? If your answer is yes, congratulations. If it is no, your new Secretary of State Steve Simon has some ideas to make voting easier for you. It’s true that Minnesota usually is among the top voter-turnout states for the general elections, but the turnout fo...Read More
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As the debate in Congress over America’s ongoing military role in the Middle East intensifies, one thing remains clear. We must avoid repeating past mistakes and miscalculations that have cost our nation so much blood and treasure. Further inserting ourselves into a thousand-year-old sectarian con...Read More
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In our communities, there is a silent, incurable disease called Alzheimer’s that gradually destroys a person’s ability to remember, learn and do simple tasks. In Minnesota, it’s estimated that 88,000 people 65 years and older have this incurable disease, according to Act on Alzheimer’s, and ...Read More
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Young people like Sam, Jennifer and Khalique are reflected in a recent, encouraging report from the Minnesota Department of Education. They are among the hundreds of youngsters I’ve met over the past few years who used Minnesota’s dual-credit courses (for high school and college). A new study fr...Read More
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Republican legislators are upset over pay increases Gov. Mark Dayton has given his state department commissioners. Legislators say they were blindsided over excessive pay raises, even though they are legal. Now they are retaliating with bills to penalize the governor and even take away his pay-raisi...Read More
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New ideas, attitudes and opportunities are coming for Minnesota students. That was a central theme at the Feb. 6 “Pathways to Postsecondary” conference, cosponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. If things work out as state official...Read More
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