Opinion

By Joe Nathan Center for School Change   What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: –Re-establishing school year routines at [...]

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Daniel McGonigle General Manager/Managing Editor   I’ve been to my share of county fairs in the course of my career. From Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Swift, Renville, Redwood, Lyon, Kandiyohi, Sibley, Lac-qui-Parle, Nicollet and Brown, I’ve been to a ton of fairs. And I must say, the folks who put on the Houston County Fair have [...]

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To the editor: I enjoyed reading about the old the DNR is to be commended for their decisive action to ensure important new laws to protect trout streams from silica sand mining are not ignored. The law is straightforward and requires silica sand mines within one mile of a trout stream to get a DNR [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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Joe Nathan Center for School Change   Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools. First, the state teachers union has agreed on the potential value of yearly teacher evaluations. Second, a just-released report, “Quality Compensation,” encourages Minnesotans to build on success from a formerly controversial reform called Q Comp, which provided [...]

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