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Pushing back against teachers’ union is not an attack on teachers

During the month of September, Minnesota teachers have the opportunity to evaluate their relationship with the teachers’ union. It’s a sensitive subject—the teachers’ union has been imbedded in K-12 education for many years. But pushing back against the union’s agenda when it doesn’t promote educational excellence is not an attack on teachers or the teaching profession. Rather, it’s an attempt to start a conversation about the union flexing its political muscle and missing the mark on what teachers want the union to prioritize. Photo source: Getty Images...

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What Back-to-School Means for Teachers

For many teachers, the start of a new school year kicked off last week. And it's a busy time of year for them. But amid business as usual, it's important teachers remember to take the time to consider their options regarding union membership. Educators only have until September 30 to decide. Listen to my radio segment on what opting out means for teachers. ...

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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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