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Duluth School Board Under Fire Over Closed Door Meetings

For some reason, the agenda for the Duluth School Board's public meetings gets discussed and set in private behind closed doors. Not only are members of the public excluded from attending meetings to set the agenda. So are all but two of the school board members who represent the public. But perhaps not for much longer, thanks to questions raised in the news coverage and now the editorial page of the Duluth News Tribune. Yes, of course there’s suspicion — or the “implication” — “that there is something that is going on in School Board agenda meetings that’s secret or excludes people,”...

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MN High School Girls Compete to Persuade at State Capitol

Seventeen high school girls from across Minnesota participated in a speech competition at the state’s Capitol this past Saturday. Speaking Proudly, the oratory competition sponsored by the Metro Republican Women, tasked interested high school females with writing an original persuasive speech on Benjamin Franklin’s prescient statement, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Photo Source: Speaking Proudly ...

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Math–It’s Oppressive!

The Seattle public schools have developed a new "ethnic studies" curriculum that tells students that mathematics is a tool of oppression. Sure, some of us thought that back in junior high school, especially when we didn't get around to doing our homework. But to have this view endorsed by the schools is remarkable. Robby Soave reports at Reason: The [Seattle public school] district has proposed a new social justice-infused curriculum that would focus on "power and oppression" and "history of resistance and liberation" within the field of mathematics. The curriculum isn't mandatory, but provides a resource for teachers who want to...

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