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Hundreds Report Problems Over Gov. Walz’s Mask Mandate for Youth Sports

Youth sports participants were allowed to return to practice last week under Gov. Walz's latest executive order allowing practices and games. But the results of an online survey of parents and participants by the group Let Them Play MN showed hundreds of participants experienced problem due to protective masks....

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Are the concerns of 5,000 Minnesotans ‘white supremacy’?

The Minnesota Standards Review Committee held an all-day virtual public meeting on Monday, January 11 to discuss public feedback on the first draft of proposed revisions to the state's K-12 academic standards in social studies and, based on the public feedback, to "determine what (if any) minor/major adjustments need[ed] to be made." But this didn't happen. Instead, the concerns of real Minnesotans were labeled "white supremacy language."...

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Parents of children in private and charter schools more satisfied with student progress than parents of children in public district schools

The coronavirus has had a disruptive impact on schools and education, leaving many parents frustrated over their children's learning experience and concerned about their health and well-being. But a recent EdChoice national poll on public opinion of education shows that parental concern over student progress varies by learning environment....

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Frustration on the rise among Rochester Public Schools parents over school plans

For Rochester Public Schools (RPS), the school board approved the district's decision to transition PreK to 2nd grade from a distance learning model to a hybrid learning model (combining classroom time with at-home learning) starting January 19. Grades 3-5 will remain in distance learning only until February, where they will then transition to a hybrid learning model. But frustration over the partial return to in-person learning is rising among RPS parents, who are concerned that the district isn't doing "what's right for the children in this town" and "ignoring the public's concerns about the destruction distance learning is having on...

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To understand the new social studies standards, just look at who wrote them (Part 2)

Earlier this week I wrote about the over-sized influence of Native American groups on the first draft of academic standards for social studies. Gov. Walz stacked the committee with representatives from the education cartel (teachers and school district staff), Native Americans and people representing liberal groups fighting for their version of “equity.” We are a long way from Minnesota’s first attempt at social studies standards, created in 2003 by Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke. She put together a social studies standards committee representing teachers, parents, higher education and business. This year’s committee admittedly made a “shift in approach to standards and social...

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