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What Back-to-School Means for Teachers

For many teachers, the start of a new school year kicked off last week. And it's a busy time of year for them. But amid business as usual, it's important teachers remember to take the time to consider their options regarding union membership. Educators only have until September 30 to decide. Listen to my radio segment on what opting out means for teachers. ...

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Inescapable Reality, Not Victim Blaming

Over the course of a recent two-day period (August 30-31), the Star Tribune ran at least four stories or editorials dealing with racial disparities. “Disparities in Maternal Deaths ‘Staggering,’” by Marissa Evans. “Math and Reading Scores Drop,” by Erin Golden and MaryJo Webster. “Spotlighting Racial Disparities,” by Patrick Condon. “Face Up to Gaps in Student Test Scores,” an unsigned editorial. Nothing said by anyone in the news stories was out of the ordinary.  Same with arguments in the editorial.  But that’s a major reason why the very real problems cited won’t get much better, as there wasn’t a single reference, or...

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Teachers voice concern over school discipline reform

Discipline reform efforts are pushing schools to cut back on suspensions and expulsions and prodding them toward alternative discipline policies that often leave teachers to manage behavior issues on their own. Teachers—who are tasked with carrying out the discipline reforms—feel the policies are creating unsafe educational environments....

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