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Community and Technical Colleges Tweak Programs to Meet Labor Demand

How do community and technical colleges decide what programs to offer to meet the labor market’s needs most effectively? Two college presidents recently offered their insights in MinnPost. Rich Wagner, Dunwoody College of Technology president, and Rassoul Dastmozd, St. Paul College president, both say that their institutions have strong connections with public schools, employers, and community partners. But they also watch the labor market closely themselves and tweak their programs to prepare students for the jobs of the future....

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Undisciplined: Chaos may be coming to Minnesota classrooms, by decree

A state agency aims to eliminate racial disparities in schools' response to misbehavior. Its destabilizing course would only spread the disruption.  This commentary originally appeared in the Star Tribune as their Sunday opinion section cover on March 18, 2018. [Star Tribune illustration.] Brace yourself, parents of Minnesota. Here’s what’s coming soon to a school near you: increased violence, brazen challenges to teachers’ authority and a chaotic environment where learning is an uphill battle. Teachers who try to exert control will find their hands tied, and some kids — no longer accountable for their behavior — will feel free to provoke mischief and...

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Must Read: Kersten Expose on Coming Chaos in MN Classrooms

American Experiment's Katherine Kersten warns in today's Star Tribune of a secret war on teachers and school discipline being funded by taxpayers and directed by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Brace yourself, parents of Minnesota. Here’s what’s coming soon to a school near you: increased violence, brazen challenges to teachers’ authority and a chaotic environment where learning is an uphill battle. Teachers who try to exert control will find their hands tied, and some kids — no longer accountable for their behavior — will feel free to provoke mischief and mayhem. If this happens at your school, you’ll be able to thank the...

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When Harry Became Sally: The Left’s Assault on Reality

In October, 2015, Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, one of the top charter schools in the nation at the time, was torn apart trying to accommodate a “transgender” five-year-old who only stayed four months before his activist parents pulled him out and filed a complaint with the Human Rights Department.  The tragic story, chronicled by Katherine Kersten in First Things, along with a detailed discussion of how to best help those suffering from gender dysphoria, is available here. Now, on the same subject, I commend to you Nation Review’s compelling review of Ryan Anderson’s compelling book, When Harry Became Sally:...

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Children Are Being Used to Call for Gun Control Wednesday: Keep Your Children Home (In Protest) #KeepYourKidHome

School aged children will be walking out of classrooms tomorrow morning all over Minnesota and the nation to “protest” in favor of new gun-control laws. My suggestion if your school is participating? Keep your children home from school. The districts will lose the per diem funding from the state for the whole day. It is the only thing that will get them to sit up and take notice from Minnesotans who do not think this is proper. #KeepYourKidHome...

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Did Tim Klobuchar Lie to a Senate Committee?

Last Thursday, the Senate's E-12 Education Policy Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation that would require public schools to strive for academic balance when teaching controversial political subjects. I wrote about the proposed legislation and the hearing here. Several students and parents in the Edina public school system testified in favor of the proposal, along with the Center's Katherine Kersten. Tim Klobuchar, an Edina High School teacher, was one of those who testified against the legislation. In his testimony on Thursday, Klobuchar talked about events at Edina High School on the day after the November 2016 election. President Trump's victory...

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Should Academic Balance Be Required in Public Schools?

Yesterday, the Minnesota Senate's E-12 Finance Committee held a three-hour hearing on proposed legislation to require academic balance in the public schools. The push for this legislation arises out of the Center's exposure of political indoctrination and bullying in the Edina school system. American Experiment's Katherine Kersten testified in favor of the legislation, along with students from Edina High School. [caption id="attachment_9617" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Kersten is second from left[/caption] What would the proposed legislation do? This is the language of the bill, SF 2487: Section 1. [120B.25] ACADEMIC BALANCE POLICY. Subdivision 1. Policy required. A school board must adopt a written academic balance policy...

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Why Are Schools Busing Students to Protests?

Today the Star Tribune reported that hundreds of students "walked out" of their schools to protest against guns and school shootings at the Capitol in St. Paul: The article itself repeats the "walk out" characterization, and otherwise implies that the students were at the Capitol on their own initiative: An idea that started with a little more than a dozen students ballooned into a huge crowd. Organizers of Wednesday’s protest said they turned to social media to mobilize students from different schools, urging them to wear their student colors and bring their loud voices. Similar walkouts are planned for other dates in March...

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Should Teachers Have the Right to Strike? A Look at West Virginia and the Twin Cities.

Reasonable people can disagree about the wisdom of allowing public employees to legally strike, especially when union members are sitting on the school board. If strikes are illegal, as we saw in West Virginia, it does not mean that teachers cannot strike. The chances of being fired are close to zero, whether the state is right to work or not....

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