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The Many Sides of Back to School
By Michael Diedrich September 02, 2014

Today, students across Minnesota are going back to school. Some have already been back for a week or more, but starting today, pretty much…

Discussion: Back to School Hopes
By Michael Diedrich September 02, 2014

What are your hopes and dreams for school this year? Starting today, all Minnesota students will be back in school across the state. As…

VIDEO: Remembering the Labor in Labor day
By Briana Johnson September 01, 2014

Today, we honor and celebrate American workers who came before us as we continue to fight for those who will come after us. In…

Ed Tech Conversations Are a Chance for Democracy
By Michael J. Diedrich August 29, 2014

With the news that the Los Angeles superintendent has canceled the district’s contract with Apple and Pearson—due in part to concerns about how the…

VIDEO: TC Mobile Market
By Briana Johnson August 28, 2014

Minnesota 2020 headed out for a sneak peak of the retro fitting for the TC Mobile Market Bus. Funded by the Wilder Foundation, the…

Invest Now or Pay the Price Later
By Maria Brun August 28, 2014

Debt, the deficit, shrinking government—however it’s worded, cutting public spending is a popular, easily packaged for a good sound bite message used by politicians…

Valuing the Whole Child: Education Beyond Test Scores
By Michael Diedrich with Meredith Pozzi & Luke Plutowski August 27, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd The Pawlenty era was a tough time for Minnesota school districts, who saw state education aid…

Discussion: Racial Equity & Budgets
By Deb Balzer August 26, 2014

Across the state, unemployment is at 4.5 percent, below the national rate of 6.2 percent. While the recovering economy brings new opportunities to some…

Green Research Needed for Minnesota Bats and Bridges
By Lee Egerstrom August 26, 2014

Minnesota is ripe for a bridge building industry that would revive lumber production in the state, put northern Minnesota mills and mill workers back…

VIDEO: The Eco Experience
By Briana Johnson August 25, 2014

The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair is an educational adventure that highlights innovations in green technology, the latest in environmentally focused living,…

Finally, a Halt in Escalating City Property Taxes
By Jeff Van Wychen August 25, 2014

From 2002 to 2013, city budgets shrank while city property taxes increased, thanks to rapidly declining state aid. Legislative actions in 2013 and 2014…

Voter ID is Bad Public Policy
By Nathan Dahlen August 22, 2014

This past week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to uphold Governor Scott Walker’s Voter ID law, which will require Wisconsinites to present a photo…

High-and-Higher-Speed Rail on Track
By Conrad deFiebre August 21, 2014

A heated debate broke out this month over America's high-speed passenger rail dreams —between two icons of the so-called "lamestream liberal media."  First, the…

VIDEO: Building Transit for Better Equity
By Briana Johnson August 21, 2014

The plan to bring the Southwest Light Rail Project from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie has moved another step forward. The Minneapolis City Council voted…

Finding New Keys to Land Ownership, Careers in Farming
By Lee Egerstrom August 20, 2014

At a creative farm south of St. Paul near the town of Coates, two things about fruit, vegetable and horticultural growing are immediately clear.…

Money, People, and the Building of Dreams
By Michael Diedrich August 19, 2014

On Monday morning, hundreds of people piled into an auditorium and a stuffed overflow room at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs. The reason…

Discussion: Minnesota Mental Health
By Deb Balzer August 19, 2014

The recent death of beloved entertainer, Robin Williams, has opened conversation about depression, mental illness and suicide. Here in Minnesota, deaths by suicide have…

VIDEO: Exploring a Hmong Land Cooperative
By Briana Johnson August 18, 2014

Minnesota is home to a large Hmong community of which many farm. One complication is that many do not have access to land that…

General Fund Revenue Remains Well Below 2000 Level
By Jeff Van Wychen August 18, 2014

True to form, the anti-tax right continues to rail against the tax increases enacted by a progressive legislature and governor in 2013. However, real…

Time Shift for School Students
By Nick Stumo-Langer August 15, 2014

St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) may follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and Edina in changing their high school start times to be later.…

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