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‘What Percent Are You?’: 1/3 of Teachers’ Union Employees are in Top 5% Income Bracket or Higher

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht’s gross salary of $192,481 placed her in the top two percent of Americans earning money. Around 1/3 of the union’s employees placed in the fifth percentile income bracket or higher. And 99 out of the 159 employees earned personal incomes higher than the average annual wages for secondary school teachers in Minnesota ($65,290)....

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U of M Presidential Searches and Watergate

Watergate concluded in 1974 with Richard Nixon’s resignation.  A year later, in 1975, a scholar by the name of Warren Bennis wrote a Watergate-inspired essay with the fun name, “Meet Me in Macy’s Window.” Forty-four years later, which is to say last month, the essay’s pertinence to the University of Minnesota’s recently completed presidential search is perfect. Bennis, who died in 2014 at age 89, was a great organizational theorist; one of the few whose theories I’ve ever been able to retain for more than ten minutes at a time.  Meaning, he wrote exceptionally well, often with humor.  He also was a...

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What would happen if a cabinet secretary walked out during a congressional hearing?

A friend of mine sent me a YouTube video of U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) berating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. He fairly characterized it as “full frontal Madame Mao.” It was hard to watch all eight minutes; I kept looking ahead for a response from DeVos, but in eight minutes the Secretary of Education never got a word in to discuss, well, education policy. It is an old video (from June of 2017) but I think it is typical of what passes for a congressional hearing these days. My friend went on to note that Senator Murray often uses her position to...

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MN Educators Have Excellent Options for Non-Union Protection

Minnesota educators looking for a non-partisan, non-union option to provide them with liability insurance, job protection coverage, and professional development have excellent options to choose from. The Association of American Educators (AAE)—the largest national, non-union, professional educator organization—has become a premier option for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, education support staff, and college professors interested in belonging to an association that empowers educators to advocate for themselves and their students....

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University of Minnesota Proposes Extra Science Tax

The University of Minnesota has proposed a $1,000 per semester surcharge for new undergraduate students in the College of Science and Engineering, supposedly to enable the high-demand school to expand. The charge also would apply to College of Liberal Arts students majoring in certain science fields. No wonder more and more people are seeking trades instead of a university higher education. The science surcharge would cost incoming engineering students an additional $8,000 over the course of a four year program, which represents a 14.5 percent increase over normal tuition for that time period. The university defended the science tax, by stating the U is...

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