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New Duluth Superintendent Aims to Keep Police Resource Officers in Schools

Duluth's new superintendent of schools John Magas has hit the ground running in his first month on the job, considering it's still uncertain whether students will be physically present at the start of the new school year this fall.  But if they are, Magas has made it clear that he expects school resource police officers to be on campus as well, despite a vocal campaign underway to remove police officers from Duluth schools. While having only one school board meeting under his belt thus far, Magas isn't shying away from the controversial SRO issue with the Duluth News Tribune reporting the...

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Funding students instead of systems

The debate over in-person school this fall continues on in Minnesota. Returning all students to the classroom is one of three possible scenarios being considered by the Minnesota Department of Education, Department of Health, and the Governor's office. If schools don't reopen (which, would likely cause students to fall further behind, and given our persistent education disparities, would not be good), then it's important we focus on student-centered solutions that don't force parents to continue paying for closed schools and a status quo whose ROI was questionable pre-COVID. ...

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Thomas Sowell publishes new book: “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”

Thomas Sowell, a renowned economist, theorist and writer, published his latest book Charter Schools and Their Enemies on June 30, his 90th birthday. The book defends charter schools against those who have worked tirelessly to dismantle the schools' success—teachers' unions, politicians, and liberal educators. ...

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Survey Says: 64% of MN parents want kids in school this fall

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently conducted an informal survey asking Minnesota families about their experience with distance learning and their hopes for the upcoming school year. According to the data collected from over 130,000 respondents, 64.3% are "comfortable" sending their students to school in the fall. And of those comfortable, 94.4% would prefer to send their students back full-time. But Governor Walz has appeared to suggest schools won't fully reopen this fall....

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School leaders call for billions more in additional education aid—are they crying wolf?

As we continue to wait for school reopening plans to unfold, school leaders across the country and the national teachers' union are repeating an all-to-familiar call for increased education spending, despite the billions in extra aid that has already been made available. In fact, they have even suggested they are ready to "keep schools shuttered if lawmakers don't pony up," according to Frederick Hess with the American Enterprise Institute. But many of these laments about inadequate funding were occurring even before the health care crisis hit, creating a "schools that cried wolf" narrative. ...

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Duluth Students Petition to Get Police Out of Schools

Sure it may be way out there to demand the immediate removal of the police officers assigned to Duluth schools for more than twenty years. But the students behind the movement to eliminate the district's school resource officers want the Duluth School Board to know they're in good company. After all,  the letter circulating with the online petition points out they're in lock step with two of the most liberal school districts in the nation. Our peers in Minneapolis did it. Our peers in Portland, Oregon did it. Now, it’s our turn. We want School Resource Officers (SROs) out of our schools....

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Years of test-score data suggest charter schools don’t harm traditional public schools

School choice opponents argue that school choice, such as charter schools, harm traditional public schools. Any gains made by students in charter schools, they say, comes at the expense of students left behind. But according to Marcus Winters with the Manhattan Institute, years of test-score data suggest they don't....

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MN Legislature is missing an opportunity to support kids

With the Minnesota Legislature’s special session set to adjourn tomorrow, Friday, efforts to make meaningful progress on reform proposals continue. But one proposal—Equity and Opportunity Scholarships—aimed at addressing and eliminating education inequities that plague our state has unfortunately, it appears, been tabled. Policymakers have an opportunity to address these disparities and shake up the status quo instead of simply rushing to restore it. These scholarships are a good starting point. ...

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