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Ed Tech Conversations Are a Chance for Democracy

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 contract was awarded —t’s a good time to reexamine district-level decision making about technology in education. In particular, here are three questions that families, teachers, and community members generally might want to consider asking of district leaders who are considering major technology purchases. Who’s selling this? Education technology is a large and growing industry, to the tune of roughly $10 billion. Sometimes that…

Valuing the Whole Child: Education Beyond Test Scores

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd The Pawlenty era was a tough time for Minnesota school districts, who saw state education aid stagnate or shrink in the face of inflation. Many communities proved how much they value their school systems by agreeing to take on higher property tax…

Green Research Needed for Minnesota Bats and Bridges

Minnesota is ripe for a bridge building industry that would revive lumber production in the state, put northern Minnesota mills and mill workers back in action, and spur “green” economic investment in the state, insists a leading green economic development specialist. Carol Coren, founder and principal with the Cornerstone Ventures…

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