Opinion

Joe Nathan Center for School Change   Double testing of our high school students is costing Minnesotans millions of dollars. That’s money that could be better spent. What about spending some of those millions on, for example, high-quality early childhood programs? Or on extra-curricular programs? The ACT found many years ago that participation in debate, [...]

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Tim Penny, President/CEO Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation   This is an important time of year for Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). We are wrapping up our annual update visits with local city and county government leaders, requesting their continued financial support of the work we do. In addition, we now kick off our fall solicitation [...]

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Don Heinzman ECM Editorial Contributor   A grand piano has landed at the baggage-claim level of the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, continuing the takeoff into the artistic skies. While you are waiting for your flight, you can sit down and play that piano, given by an anonymous donor, or you also can listen to a series [...]

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Joe Nathan Center for School Change   Riches and rogues! The more I look, the more I find some of each, and a lot between, on the Internet. Families and educators have a huge task helping young people learn how to gather information on the Internet. Here are five guidelines to consider. But first, a [...]

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Don Heinzman ECM Editorial Contributor   In frontier days, the sheriff saddled up his horse, organized a posse and, with his deputies, enforced the laws of the West. My, how times have changed. In Hennepin County this year, a majority of the deputies are coming after Sheriff Rich Stanek and are out to defeat him [...]

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