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Hard to Fathom Male and Female Graduation Rates

I went looking for certain education statistics the other day but found more interesting data along the way. It has come to be commonly understood that American girls are doing better than America boys in virtually every education (and noneducation) category, with the same holding true for young women compared to young men.  This is particularly the case regarding college graduation rates.  But until one sees most recently available numbers, I’m guessing most people don’t come close to grasping the size these gaps. The following estimated data, for the 2016-17 academic year, are from the National Center for Education Statistics and can...

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Teachers’ Union Wish List? $4 Billion More from “the Rich.”

Taxpayers and smart lawmakers should remind Gov. Walz and their colleagues in the Legislature that Minnesotans from all walk of life have choices, and they can vote with their feet, taking their income and wealth with them. Let's instead come up with a budget plan that honors the hard work of all taxpayers by wisely spending the taxes they already send to St. Paul. ...

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What Elizabeth Warren Could Have Taught Marco Defunis

As you read the blog below, keep in mind how Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared herself to be an American Indian when she thought Harvard Law School would thereby afford her extra consideration, perhaps even points. The first big affirmative action case in higher education to reach the U.S. Supreme Court was not the famous Bakke case in 1978 but the less-well-known Defunis case in 1974.  For those who don’t recall it (or somehow didn’t write a dissertation about affirmative action in the academy in 1980), Marco Defunis’s application for admission to the University of Washington law school was originally rejected.  He...

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DFL Bill Disenfranchises Voters on Expiring School Referendums

When it comes to voting on school district referendums, the deck is already largely stacked against local taxpayers. "Vote Yes" committees operate increasingly sophisticated and expensive campaigns with insider help. While districts cannot directly ask voters for support, schools lay the groundwork with informational newsletters and emails to parents.  School board members and district staff are free to campaign on their personal time, while teachers unions promote passage of ballot questions, according to the Minnesota School Boards Association website. No wonder school districts won 69 percent of the 90 bond and capital project levy referendum ballot questions up in 2018, according to MSBA. But...

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Teachers less likely to recommend teaching profession to friend or colleague

EdChoice’s “2018 Schooling in America” survey used part of its annual online questionnaire to learn more about educators’ outlook on the teaching profession. To measure a teacher’s “enthusiasm” for the profession, EdChoice asked respondents how likely, on a scale of zero to 10, they would recommend teaching in a public school to a friend or colleague. ...

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Augsburg Faces Backlash After Professor’s Suspension Over “N-Word” Controversy

Augsburg University's suspension of a respected history and medieval studies professor who quoted a passage from a James Baldwin book that included the "N-word" in an honors seminar has ignited an intense debate over academic freedom on campus. Professor Phillip Adamo was suspended in October but the controversy only came to light recently after Augsburg took further steps to sanction him. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has come to Adamo's defense raising concerns over "the climate for academic freedom at Augsburg" and due process on campus. The AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance has sent a letter to the president...

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