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Are Minnesota’s Schools the “Worst In the Nation”?

The Star Tribune reports on billboards that have gone up around the Twin Cities: The bold statement is clarified in smaller print at the bottom of the signs, citing national statistics on high school graduation rates without specifics. (The most recent data available, from the 2016-17 school year, show Minnesota had the lowest graduation rates of any state for black and Hispanic students, and the second-lowest for American Indian students.) The Ciresi Walburn Foundation, which focuses on education in Minnesota, is behind the campaign: The foundation hands out more than $1 million each year in grants, all from the tobacco settlement and investment proceeds....

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National Teachers’ Union Adopts New Social Agenda, Votes Down Proposal to Prioritize Student Learning

The national teachers’ union—the National Education Association—held its annual convention in Houston the beginning of July. This year, NEA delegates voted and approved new business items such as teaching the concept of “White Fragility” in trainings and staff development, and endorsing “the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.” A resolution to make student learning a priority was defeated. ...

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Teachers, job protection is available outside of union membership

I recently heard from a teacher that the only reason she belongs to her union is for protection. But union membership is not the only option for liability coverage and other protections. There are alternative organizations made just for educators that provide quality liability insurance and employment rights coverage for a much lower cost than union dues....

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