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School Closures’ Long-Term Impact on U.S. Economy at More Than $14 Trillion

Research has shown that continued school closures will have long-term detrimental educational consequences that decrease academic readiness, exacerbate academic disparities, and impact socio-emotional and motivational development. School closures will also negatively impact the economy for the rest of the 21st century, according to new research by the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development....

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Why is the MN State High School League Still Banning Fall Football?

Covid-19 precautions have been added to the playbook, but the Vikings have kicked off their season. The Big Ten just cleared the Gophers and other teams' return to the playing field before long. But the Minnesota State High School League continues to sideline thousands of high school football players who want to know why they're being penalized while the pros, college and prep teams elsewhere are already lining up against each other on the field. The MSHSL brain trust has granted just one exemption to its ban on fall football, a dispensation given to a dozen rural kids in western Minnesota. The...

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Young American Adults Don’t Know Key Facts About Holocaust

A national survey released just a couple of days before Rosh Hashanah shows younger adults between the ages of 18 and 39 have a shocking lack of knowledge about the Holocaust. In Minnesota, a staggering 53 percent of respondents did not know that 6 million Jews were killed. Is this lack of historical knowledge because less classroom time is devoted to history compared to other subject areas? Or is it because instruction time in general is getting blurred into politics and propaganda?...

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How many MN teachers are “at risk”?

For many Minnesota public schools, last week wrapped up the first week of the new school year. Some schools cleared for in-person learning implemented a distance learning only plan to start the school year. Others started all students in-person. And still others were either fully hybrid or in-person for elementary students and hybrid for older students. School districts can adjust the learning model they selected to start the school year as long as the model is aligned with the county's case data. The question remains, though: Will they? The teachers' union is "encouraging" districts to only reopen school buildings "when it's...

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Study finds that younger children are hurt more by school closures than are older children

A recent study has found that young children suffer a more significant loss in human capital development due to school closures compared to older kids. Additionally, the study adds to existing research showing that negative welfare loss due to school closures is more severe among kids whose parents have low income and low educational attainment. ...

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Mankato the Latest Greater MN District to Keep Cops in Schools

Urban school districts continue to kowtow to the left's marching orders urging the expulsion of School Resource Officers—cops—from the hallways. Meantime, my colleague Catrin Wigfall has exposed the national teacher union's laughable attempt to "cancel" its longtime support of SROs. Education Minnesota’s national affiliate—the National Education Association—is trying to hide its historical support of School Resource Officers on school grounds. An article on its website (screenshot above) that called SROs “role models” for students and staff has recently been removed, along with an article titled, “Promoting school safety with a badge and a smile.” These were two of several examples of teachers’ unions past...

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Governments seeking additional K-12 education aid should fund students over institutions

Center of the American Experiment signed onto a letter started by yes. every kid. calling for supporting a more student-centered and resilient education system—one that funds students and families instead of institutions. As governments are likely to continue seeking additional assistance, we believe this aid to assist K-12 and protect students and educators should be sent to families, giving them direct financial support to create stable and continuous learning for their children. ...

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