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Mar 11, 2012
The issue of Minnesota's racial learning gap—one of the worst in the nation—is heating up at the State Capitol. It's about time. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has called the gap "a catastrophe coming right down the pike at us."
Mar 2, 2012
Allowing larger hydropower to qualify as an eligible energy source under the renewable energy standard would protect ratepayers and protect jobs without compromising Minnesota’s commitment to low-carbon electricity
Feb 27, 2012
The Obama administration recently botched it with many American Catholics (and others) by bungling whether Catholic hospitals, universities and other institutions should be legally obliged to provide reproductive services and products the church opposes on doctrinal grounds.
Feb 18, 2012
When I was 18, broke and on my own, I got a job as a nurse's aide. It was 1979; the "misery index" was high and jobs for young people were scarce. The very stern head of nursing informed me that her nurses were unionized. I was crushed to learn that union dues would be deducted from my pay along with taxes. I told her I didn't want to join; I needed every penny I earned. She told me that if I wanted the job, I had to join.
Feb 12, 2012
Minnesota's yawning racial and ethnic academic achievement gap is among the nation's worst. In nationwide tests of fourth-grade reading, for example, our state's black and Hispanic students lag three years behind their white peers. In recent years, only Washington, D.C., has consistently had a wider gap of this kind.
Jan 30, 2012
The wreck of the Costa Concordia hit a collective nerve as the giant cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan coast on Jan. 13. Minnesotans may have responded with a special shudder. The disaster called to mind another horrific incident involving the demise of an engineering marvel—the collapse of our own Interstate 35W bridge in August 2007.
Jan 30, 2012
Madame Chair, Senator Nelson, and Members of the Committee: My name is Mitch Pearlstein and I’m founder and president of Center of the American Experiment, a conservative and free market think tank up and running in Minneapolis for 22 years now. My previous lives in education have included service on the staffs of University of Minnesota President C. Peter Magrath and Gov. Albert H. Quie, as well as in the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. My doctorate is in educational administration from the University of Minnesota and my most recent book[i] spends a considerable amount of time on ways in which we might improve the educational achievement of all children, but especially our most disadvantaged young people.
Jan 19, 2012
Army Captain Pete Hegseth, an American Experiment Senior Fellow, recently wrote the following update while in Kabul, Afghanistan and then Manas, Kyrgyzstan on his eventual way back to Minnesota. Welcome home, soldier and great thanks for your brave service and that of your family.
Jan 18, 2012
Minneapolis, MN—Two influential Minnesota-based conservative public policy organizations—Center of the American Experiment and Minnesota Free Market Institute—today announced they are joining forces to form one new organization.