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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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‘Freeloader’ claims disparage public employees unions fought to represent

Just as educators encourage their students to be independent thinkers and hold true to themselves, so too should educators be trusted by their colleagues to make decisions regarding union membership that are best for them and their families. Unfortunately, not all of those in the education field exhibit this respect and instead succumb to name-calling. ...

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