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When the teachers’ union supports school choice

The National Education Association (NEA) has voiced support for the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act, introduced in December by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). But what the national union may not realize is that its support of the bill is actually an endorsement of a form of public school choice....

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Minnesota Teacher’s Stunt to Kneel for National Anthem Near Trump Falls Flat

Where would Education Minnesota's teacher of the year Kelly Holstine be without President Trump? The alternative school teacher at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee first called attention to herself by letting it be known to the media she was skipping a White House ceremony to honor teachers last spring. Holstine told the Shakopee Valley News her opposition to the president's policies precluded her from being anywhere near Trump. Holstine said this diverse group of students at Tokata — many of whom are or are related to undocumented immigrants or are Somali refugees — face discrimination daily and the Trump administration's immigration policies...

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Education needs a mantra for the New Year

There is a reason most people fail at keeping their New Year’s resolutions—breaking habits or creating new ones takes time and consistency. But when it comes to our public education system, time and consistency has only resulted in failure. It is time for the public school system to get a character assessment, a reset and it needs a "new year, new me" makeover....

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Teachers’ union supports bill allowing physical restraint of students

To help teachers when potentially violent situations arise, new legislation (LB 147) in Nebraska would allow educators to “use a reasonable amount of force to physically restrain students” if they become violent or disruptive. And the state's teachers' union supports it. A Minnesota bill proposed in 2016 would have automatically expelled a student who physically assaulted a teacher, but it died in committee after fierce opposition from Minnesota's teachers' union, Education Minnesota. Sixty-nine percent of Minnesotans have said they support a state law requiring expulsion for assaulting a teacher. ...

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What Education Minnesota’s resolutions reveal about its 2020 priorities

I find it odd that these are the union’s priorities, but I probably shouldn’t be so surprised. I guess I hoped Education Minnesota would set aside its one-sided political agenda and focus on, oh I don’t know, a handful of other non-political areas that teachers have asked for support in....

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A Prosperity Agenda

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 Issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. Every year, Center of the American Experiment gets involved in helping to defeat bad ideas proposed at the Minnesota Legislature. In addition, the Center has a positive agenda of legislation that we want to see enacted. That agenda takes into account, of course, the political landscape. But regardless of partisan alignment, there are some ideas so strong, and some policies so obviously beneficial, that they may be enacted despite partisan gridlock. The...

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