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Why are public schools feeding students, who are not in school, during the summer?

I am not at all unsympathetic to hungry kids if they have incompetent and/or neglectful parents. But this is not a proper expenditure or activity for any public school. Period. This gives a whole new meaning to in loco parentis. These schools have operational deficits and massive unfunded pension liabilities. Even if you could accept the argument that schools should feed kids year-round, and I do not, we do not have the money. The good news is local charities are involved; it should stop there. ...

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St Paul Schools hire principal with an interesting resume: Misused State Funds, Drunk Driving Arrests

Superintendent Joe Gothard said in an interview that he was unaware of the audit when he picked Dutrieuille as principal of the grades K-8 Hazel Park Preparatory Academy on the East Side. Gothard said he’s since reviewed the audit and has no concerns. Besides the questionable spending, Dutrieuille faced drunk driving charges four times between 1993 and 1999. Gothard said he was unaware of Dutrieuille’s drunk driving arrests....

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Another child care center raided for Medicaid fraud

Fox 9 News and other media reported a raid on the Baraka Child Care Center in Minneapolis yesterday. State and federal agents participated, including the Secret Service, and while we do not have the underlying documents yet, Fox is standing by its allegations that "government sources" put the fraud at $100 million....

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Save the Minneapolis Art Institute (MIA) from itself: Join and Speak Up

I went to see the “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). I recommend that you go to see the art now that the exhibit is thankfully closed. I knew I was in trouble when the exhibit began by touting the "designer's" Hollywood credentials and friends like Brad Pitt. I thought, “uh-oh.” And got more nervous when we were ushered into a 5-minute “meditation” in a very dark room with one vase glowing on the wall. ...

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American Experiment comments on PELSB’s attempt to redefine “cultural competency”

Minnesota’s Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board is writing rules to implement the state’s 2017 teacher licensing law. In the process, the board is trying to smuggle in an extremist definition of “cultural competency” training, which would shape teacher training for licensed teachers in both public schools and private schools. Through this backhanded maneuver, the board is essentially attempting to replace the far more limited (and reasonable) definition of “cultural competency” that is already in law....

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Religious Freedom Narrowly Protected 7-2: Baker Does Not Have to Make Cake for Same-Sex Couple

This is a great day for America; our First Amendment jurisprudence remains strong in the face of attacks on our Judeo-Christian culture. In a 7-2 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. The opinion was written by Justice Kennedy who penned the opinion making gay marriage the law of the land in 2015. It is good that the Court did not split along the usual ideological lines but the ruling, which invited future challenges, is "a half-baked cake." ...

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Memorial Day Promise by Immigrant Author Katharine Jirsa Reynolds

The author, the great-grandmother of Kim Crockett, came with her parents to the United States from Czechoslovakia as a very young girl, then Katharine Jirsa. She later taught school in a one-room schoolhouse, then wrote novels and short stories in Lombard, Illinois and while living in South America with her husband who worked there as an engineer. In 1930, she co-founded Lombard's Lilac Festival, still celebrated every spring. She also co-founded a weekly newspaper with her brother Frank Jirsa that is still in circulation today. ...

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