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Harvard law professor wants to ban homeschooling, calls it “dangerous”

Aside from the unsettling cover image that shows a sad homeschooled girl trapped inside a house with prison bars over the window while other kids play outside, the article “The Risks of Homeschooling” is filled with assumptions and mischaracterizations of parents who teach their children at home. Professor Elizabeth Bartholet argues that families who homeschool violate children’s right to a “meaningful education” and their right “to be protected from potential child abuse."...

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More accountability needed for nearly $600 million aimed at low-performing students

Nearly $600 million a year ($551 million in fiscal year 2018) is sent directly to school districts, charter schools, and other educational organizations across Minnesota to pay for the educational needs of students who do not meet performance standards appropriate for their age. But according to a 2020 evaluation report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor, the statewide impacts of the revenue are unknown. ...

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Abigail Thernstrom, R.I.P

One of the highlights in doing research for a book of mine published in 2014 was interviewing political scientist Abigail Thernstrom and her historian husband Stephan Thernstrom at their home outside of Washington, DC.  The book was Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future, and I had been particularly interested in talking to them about the educational implications as well as racial aspects of so many young people growing up mostly or exclusively with one parent, not two. Thanks to my American Experiment life, I’ve been lucky to become friends over the years with insightful, fearless, and essential scholars. ...

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TOMORROW: How good are Minnesota’s public schools, really?

Everyone assumes Minnesota's public schools are the best in the country. But is it true? Next up in our online Master Class series, Catrin Wigfall dives into the data to give you a true picture of how our state compares to the rest of the nation, how school districts within Minnesota compare to one another, and which students are being left behind. (The answer will shock you.) Sign up HERE! Wednesday, April 8th at 12:00 PM After her presentation, Catrin will answer your questions in a live audience Q&A. Submit your questions in advance by clicking here! Upcoming Master Classes: April 15: Isaac Orr on Everything wrong with the...

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