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Why the University of Minnesota’s New President is Not a Current University President

In the same week that President George H. W. Bush is being rightfully revered for his modesty, it’s in questionable taste for me to start any blog by saying, “I told you so.”  But in the matter of my predicting (“Why Eric Kaler’s Successor Will be a Rookie,” September 19) that the new University of Minnesota president would not previously have served as a college or university president, I told you so. This takes nothing away from the talent and accomplishments of Joan Gabel and her certain appointment.  I wish her great success.  The point to be made, rather, is that...

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Poverty, Culture & Marriage

Editor: The following essay by American Experiment Founder and Senior Fellow Mitch Pearlstein, “Poverty, Culture & Marriage,” was released as part of “The Tenth Annual Celebration of John Brandl and His Uncommon Quest for Common Ground,” on November 26, at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The essay is one of four in a new anthology, Grasping and Reducing Poverty in Minnesota, with the other three by Stephen B. Young of the Caux Round Table, Angelica Klebsch of the Citizens League, and Dane Smith of Growth & Justice.  Featured speakers at the event were Tonya Allen...

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“NEA Convention by the Numbers” from Ace Union Reporter Mike Antonucci Plus New Report Coming Soon

Minnesota teachers pay dues to two national unions, the NEA and AFT, as well as the state union, Education Minnesota. In fact, the bulk of teachers’ dues goes to national and state unions even though the local does the most important thing: collectively bargain and talk to teachers on the ground....

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The U of M Has Every Right – and Obligation – to Defend Itself

The Star Tribune ran a story on Tuesday about how the University of Minnesota is (rightly) defending itself against a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by nine Gopher football players involved in a night and morning of assaultive and hideously ugly sex with a female student in September 2016.  The players, five of whom were eventually expelled or suspended, claim they’ve been discriminated against because of their race, and have suffered “severe emotional distress and financial damage” because of “being falsely cast as sex offenders.” Having read a fair amount about the case back then, I don’t think for a moment...

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Teachers’ Union Makes PAC Refund Process Tricky. But Don’t Get Spooked, Request it Today.

Education Minnesota—the state’s teachers’ union—has not been shy about its efforts to bolster the Democratic Party. Through campaign spending and organizational muscle, the union has “dedicated” itself to “help get out the vote” for the election this fall and ensure educators know which candidates Education Minnesota has endorsed (hint: all but one are from the same party). Should members wish to not fund the political left, they must fill out a “PAC Refund Request” form and mail it to Education Minnesota postmarked by October 31 (today). ...

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Education Minnesota is Fully Engaged in the Mid-Term; Raised Dues and PAC Contribution to Fund GOTV Campaign at K-12 Schools

The Star Tribune’s Erin Golden, who covers the education and teachers’ union beat, wrote an article about how the union is aggressively asking teachers to vote and encourage their students to vote. “Education Minnesota’s election strategy: Get more teachers to vote: In high-stakes election, Education Minnesota is focusing on its own members,” October 27, 2018. The article also talked about how hard it is for union members to get PAC and Foundation money back. Here are some excerpts, in case you cannot access the article here: Outside the door to Linda Hagen’s third-grade classroom at Turtle Lake Elementary in Shoreview, there’s a sign that...

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Education Minnesota: The Union Forces Members to Fund PAC, Makes it Hard to Get Refund

Each year Education Minnesota charges members $25.00 for its political action committee or “PAC.” PAC money is spent on political parties (OK mostly one party), candidates and other political funds. Then it makes members ask for a refund. And makes it hard to get one. This arrangement is disrespectful of members and imposes an unreasonable burden on the constitutional right of teachers and ESPs not to fund a union PAC. The legislature needs to fix this. ...

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