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Middle Class Fighting for Crumbs
By Lee Egerstrom April 09, 2013

If you recall childhood experiences with sharing, like splitting a cookie with four friends, one would almost always have to settle for crumbs. This…

Demographic Changes’ Impact on Early Childhood Education
By Jill Thompson January 02, 2013

Education achievement gaps across races and economic strata are a problem throughout the country and, despite a high overall education ranking, Minnesota is no…

False Choices: The Economic Argument Against Market-Driven Education Reform
By Michael J. Diedrich January 17, 2012

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd After experimenting with market-based, competitive education initiatives for 20 years with little statewide education improvement, it’s…

Tax Migration Myth Exposed
By John R. Van Hecke August 29, 2011

A new study from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)* dispels conservatives’ myth that increases in state income taxes cause significant out-migration…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Washington’s the New Vegas
By John R. Van Hecke October 04, 2013

It took me awhile to figure this out but, among conservative public policy advocates, Washington is clearly the new Vegas. And, what happens in…

Tuesday Talk: Fighting Poverty at School
By Joe Sheeran December 17, 2013

We can’t allow poverty to be an excuse for poor school performance and achievement. Therefore, Minnesota must build an education system that helps students…

Beyond Educational Isolation: Do We Work Together or Fight Each Other?
By Michael Diedrich November 27, 2013

Here’s my attempt at an appropriately Thanksgiving-related hook. This is a holiday stereotypically fraught with contradictions. What is billed as a holiday about coming…

Repeal Would be Job Killing
By Julie Schnell, Guest Commentary January 31, 2011

“… if your interest is to make health care available to more Americans, this should be a happy day for you – no matter…

Rep. Petersen Skirting Teacher Tenure
By Kaye Thompson Peters February 23, 2012

Once upon a time, teachers could be fired for wearing a skirt above the ankle, appearing in public after 8 p.m., or speaking on…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Recycling Ready for its Close-Up
By John R. Van Hecke August 23, 2013

Let’s get this straight. All recycling is garbage while most garbage is unrealized recycling. Got that? Good, because more recycling means less garbage. Less…

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