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Minnesotans praise Cesar Chavez: The man and the movie

 “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate a person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate a person who feels pride.

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Why do K-12 school administrators oppose free speech for colleges/universities?

A group of Minnesota high school and college students are asking for things that apparently are threatening to some school administrators.  Kelly Charpentier-Berg, Aaliyah J Hodge, Sam Petrov,

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Sometimes surprising speakers at Mn Chamber of Commerce education conference

Given protests, both ahead of time and while the meeting began, there were several surprising presentations at a recent Minnesota Chamber of Commerce meeting on education.

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Better Ed group fails fairness test, should know better

A Minnesota group calling itself “Better Ed” should know better than to distribute misleading statistics.

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St. Paul high school senior asks adults to listen/learn from teenagers

Recently St. Paul Federation of Teachers President Mary Cathryn Ricker invited me to listen to and learn from students at Harding High school.

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Three major messages Minnesota educators, policy-makers and parents sent each other in 2013

Looking back over 2013, I think Minnesota parents, policymakers, taxpayers and educators sent each other three major, memorable messages about public schools.  Thanks to many folks who’ve responded to this blog throughout the year.  Your comments helped me reach these conclusions:

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Encouraging responses to increasing Minnesota charter public school enrollment

How are people reacting to the continued growth of charter school public enrollment in the Twin Cities and Minnesota?  For the first time, more than 20 percent of all public sch

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Teacher (field) trips can help students learn

Local field trips for students are common, but not so much for teachers.

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