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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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Coming Soon: National School Choice Week at the MN State Capitol

An estimated 6.7 million people will participate in celebrating effective education options for students later this month. National School Choice Week (NSCW)—an annual celebration of opportunity in education—will take place January 21-27 to “raise public awareness of the different K-12 education options available to children and families, while spotlighting the benefits of school choice.” Here in Minnesota, Opportunity for All Kids (OAK) will host its own free celebratory event called Day on the Hill at the Minnesota State Capitol, Tuesday, January 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m....

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