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The U of M Has Every Right – and Obligation – to Defend Itself

The Star Tribune ran a story on Tuesday about how the University of Minnesota is (rightly) defending itself against a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by nine Gopher football players involved in a night and morning of assaultive and hideously ugly sex with a female student in September 2016.  The players, five of whom were eventually expelled or suspended, claim they’ve been discriminated against because of their race, and have suffered “severe emotional distress and financial damage” because of “being falsely cast as sex offenders.” Having read a fair amount about the case back then, I don’t think for a moment...

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Teachers’ Union Makes PAC Refund Process Tricky. But Don’t Get Spooked, Request it Today.

Education Minnesota—the state’s teachers’ union—has not been shy about its efforts to bolster the Democratic Party. Through campaign spending and organizational muscle, the union has “dedicated” itself to “help get out the vote” for the election this fall and ensure educators know which candidates Education Minnesota has endorsed (hint: all but one are from the same party). Should members wish to not fund the political left, they must fill out a “PAC Refund Request” form and mail it to Education Minnesota postmarked by October 31 (today). ...

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The Trials of Harvard and Harvard’s Elizabeth Warren

Perhaps the richest irony of Harvard’s admissions policies disfavoring Asians is that they result in preferential admissions for white applicants.  This wasn’t the original intent of affirmative action partisans. Harvard admission rules are currently under dissection in a federal district court in Boston. Of a strange piece, while it was Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s expectation that she has Indian DNA running through her veins, I trust she wasn’t thrilled to learn it hasn’t been replenished for between a half-dozen generations and ten generations.  According to the Wall Street Journal, based on calculations of a distinguished Stanford scientist, this makes the former Harvard...

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Sweeping lawsuit would create a general mess

An activist court ruling. Metrowide racial balancing of schools. An end to local control. Sum total?  This Sunday Cover Op-ed appeared in the Star Tribune on October 7, 2018. On July 25, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling with far-reaching and troubling consequences for K-12 education in our state. The court determined that a lawsuit titled Cruz-Guzman vs. State of Minnesota and whose plaintiffs seek court-ordered metrowide racial balancing in the Twin Cities region’s public schools, can go forward. The case will now return to district court, where plaintiffs will push for a sweeping plan to sort metro-area students — including those...

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MN & WI schools both recognized for academic excellence, but only WI schools recognized for progress on closing achievement gaps

Eight schools in Minnesota and eight schools in Wisconsin were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for overall academic excellence. Six of the eight schools awarded in Wisconsin were also recognized for "exemplary" progress in closing achievement gaps, compared to none of the eight in Minnesota. ...

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Big Lake Students Explore Apprenticeships During Career Fair

Students at Big Lake Schools were introduced to apprenticeships and other career-focused opportunities through the high school’s annual Youth Apprenticeship Career Fair on September 20. Twenty-nine local businesses, companies and institutions set up booths with materials and hands-on stations to help students explore career possibilities that do not require a traditional four-year degree....

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Milton Friedman: Judge public policies by their results, not their intentions

According to Milton Friedman, one of the great economists of the 20th century, "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results". Just because something is called a 'Jobs bill' or an 'Affordable Care Act' does not mean that more jobs or affordable care will be the result. When assessing these policies, we should not look at the good intentions that produced and named them, but at their actual effects on jobs or the affordability of care. In this Newsweek column from October 1982, Friedman lists a number of examples where government...

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Education Minnesota endorses political candidates & “recommends” them to members

Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers’ union, used two pages of its every-other-month magazine, Minnesota Educator, to list out the political candidates it has endorsed for the upcoming November elections. Ninety-nine percent are DFL candidates. [Photo Source: Education Minnesota]...

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The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine our Culture

One of my most frustrating regrets has to do with a conversation a few years ago with a high-ranking and quite sensible academic administrator. The topic was how a number of students were complaining unreasonably about something and how my administrator friend was unable to make them happy. With a certain exasperation he asked me and a few others, "But what can I tell them?" I forget what tepid thing I said but immediately kicked myself for not saying what I should have said, and have been kicking myself ever since: "Tell them to grow up!" Which leads to p. 58...

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