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Survey Says: Local District School is Not Parents’ First Choice

Public views on K-12 education can inform future policies and should be considered to drive lasting improvement to the country’s education system. These views were recently captured in a report titled, “2017 Schooling in America: Public Opinion on K-12 Education, Parent Experiences, School Choice, and the Role of the Federal Government.” Although most Americans’ schooling experiences are with public district schools (more than eight out of 10 students attend public district schools), only about three out of 10 parents said they would choose these schools as their first preference....

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Parents and Students Confront Edina School Board on Political Indoctrination

A standing room only crowd showed up for the latest Edina School Board meeting in a show of force by parents upset over political indoctrination in their kids' classrooms first revealed last fall by American Experiment. But a technical glitch in the school district's video means those who were not there in person will never see--or at least hear--what attendees call an emotional event that captured the essence of the controversy that's attracted national attention. Nine parents and two students stood up to address the board, taking advantage of a public forum instituted following the contentious 2017 school district election. Here's what...

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Politicization of Edina Schools Continues to Receive National Attention

Another red-hot article by Katherine Kersten on the barrage of social justice in Edina Public Schools continues to spark a national discussion. Her latest piece titled “Inside a Public School Social Justice Factory” was recently published by the Weekly Standard, as my colleague Tom Steward summarizes here. Numerous online news outlets have shared the article since its publication and it has received significant attention on Twitter, as well. Tucker Carlson—a “Higher Ed Hero” and host of Tucker Carlson Tonight—tweeted out the article and elicited over 5,000 “likes,” nearly 3,000 retweets, and more than 700 comments. What’s happening in Edina is not an...

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Sixth Straight Year of Decline in Students for MN State Schools

Enrollment at Minnesota State colleges and universities continues to fall, along with revenue from tuition, resulting in more schools than not running in the red again in the 2016-17 school year. It's the sixth consecutive year for declining overall enrollment at the 37 Minnesota State post-secondary institutions. Some of the factors at work appear to be a stronger economy with more job opportunities and changing demographics that have led to fewer college-age young people. A desire to avoid crushing debt before entering the workforce and the reality that just 22 percent of jobs in Minnesota require a four-year college degree could also...

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Educational Freedom & MLK’s Dream

Yesterday, we celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and remembered the dream he had for all Americans. A dream where every person—regardless of socio-economic means—can freely exercise the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For our children, access to an excellent and effective education is an integral part of exercising these rights. By giving all students the freedom to attend a high-quality school of their choice, we have the opportunity to honor and live out MLK’s legacy the other 364 days of the year. Educational freedom is not about strengthening one type of school...

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Tucker Carlson recognized as a ‘Higher Ed Hero’ & will be featured at Center’s Annual Dinner

To close off 2017, Campus Reform—a project of the Leadership Institute and a site for college news—highlighted “some [15] of the most remarkable individuals who made a positive impact in higher education” and asked readers to vote for the year’s top five “Higher Ed Heroes.” Today, Campus Reform announced Tucker Carlson clinched fourth place in the competition. The Center will host Tucker for its 2018 Annual Dinner on Saturday evening, April 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center....

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Katherine Kersten Adds Explosive Follow-up to Her Investigation of Edina’s Public Schools

The cover story in last October's Thinking Minnesota was Katherine Kersten's devastating expose of left-wing indoctrination and bullying in the Edina public schools. The Edina schools have made a firm commitment to leftism, at the same time that the quality of education, as shown most broadly in MCA test results, has declined relative to other Minnesota public school systems. If you haven't read that article you should; you can find it here. In the just-released January issue of Thinking Minnesota, Kathy follows up on her October story. As the controversy over the Edina public schools exploded, many parents, students and teachers...

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Degree Inflation Pushes Out Skilled Workers

Not all careers require four-year degrees, but many of today’s job listings stipulate a college degree as a minimum education requirement. Researchers at Harvard Business School recently released a study on the increasing tendency of employers to demand bachelor’s degrees for jobs that previously did not require them—referred to as “degree inflation.”...

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