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The State of Electric Cars?

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. Are Minnesotans eager to embrace a future that includes large numbers of electric vehicles, mandated by a state government rule? That is the subject of the cover story in this issue of Thinking Minnesota. When we asked Minnesota voters, we found very little support for that initiative. The Thinking Minnesota Poll was conducted by Meeting Street Research. Interviews were completed December 12-15, 2019 among 500 registered voters with a mix of cell phone...

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Do open enrollment laws and charter schools ‘steal’ students from district schools?

The most vocal opponents of the school choice movement argue that charter schools and open enrollment laws are robbing traditional public schools of students. But according to Robert Wedl, former Minnesota commissioner of education and deputy commissioner, this accusation is misplaced because, well, school districts don’t have children to steal in the first place. ...

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Teacher-hero Rebecca Friedrichs goes to Washington

Rebecca Friedrichs, a 28-year veteran teacher and the name behind the game-changing legal case (Friedrichs v. CTA) that paved the way for government employee freedom, recently met with the Trump administration to discuss the importance of school choice and how state and national teachers’ unions are destroying educational opportunity for parents and students. Photo Source: Shealah Craighead...

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Education reform pioneer shares her fight for school choice in latest memoir

Virginia Walden Ford, an education reform pioneer whose efforts helped bring school choice to our nation’s capital, recently released her new memoir, “School Choice: A Legacy to Keep.” The lessons Ford learned growing up during the civil rights movement set the stage for her work decades later to win a better future for children. Photo Source: Virginia Walden Ford...

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Oregon public school employees stand up for their rights by taking on teachers’ union

Four Oregon public school employees filed suit against their union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), for refusing to honor their union resignation requests and not stopping dues deductions. This lawsuit is similar to other cases across the country—including in Minnesota....

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Teachers’ union calls charter school closings ‘racist’ but didn’t want them opened in the first place

When news broke on Monday that the Chicago Public Schools district was recommending the closure of two allegedly “poor” performing charter schools, the Chicago Teachers’ Union wasted no time condemning the proposal. But what's odd is that the teachers' union previously filed a lawsuit to prevent one of the charter schools from opening in the first place....

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