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Letter to GOP Leadership: No Pre-K Expansion; Preserving the K-12 Mission

Dayton is campaigning hard for $138 million “emergency” school funding but he might just settle for more pre-K funding instead. The governor has, in the past, successfully expanded pre-K programs in exchange for getting GOP K-12 education or other priorities passed. We understand that, like children who do not get their way, Gov. Dayton holds his breath until he turns blue, but for the sake of our small children, and the K-12 mission, please deny him this final victory. ...

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Memo to Legislature: Resist Dayton’s Push for Expansion of “Free” Pre-K

The Dayton administration continues its relentless demand for Minnesota to adopt universal Pre-K for all four-year-old’s. There is no danger the legislature will pass universal pre-K this session but GOP leaders might be tempted, as they have in past negotiations, to expand existing programs, adding a few more million here and a few more million there, just to get their K-12 education priorities passed....

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Decertification Election Bill for PCAs Advances in the Legislature

Last year, the HHS law contained a very odd provision; it empowered the governor to not only negotiate a new contract with the SEIU but it pre-ratified that contract with absolutely NO legislative review or approvals. Now that contract is being used to bar the decertification election that almost 11,000 PCAs have asked for. Why would the Legislature reward a law that cuts them out of the process? Why is the SEIU afraid of an election? ...

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Gov. Dayton’s relentless pursuit of our small children, and union revenues: Will the GOP hold the line?

If Dayton succeeds, he shifts the culture even closer to the socialist ideal of shaping little hearts and minds with the state’s approved education, re-orients our family schedules and budgets to dependency on the state for child care, and the big bonus? It produces thousands of new public employees who will, at least under current law, be forced to pay union dues to get and keep the job. ...

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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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Celebrating the Anniversary of a Victory Against Fake Unionization: Child Care Provider Freedom

Congratulations! It has been two years since child care providers around the state did something truly remarkable: they defeated a prolonged and well-financed attempt to convert their homes and businesses into union workplaces. These amazing women got organized to defeat AFSCME, and are still working hard to protect their businesses from unreasonable regulations and interference from the state. ...

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Happy Valentine’s Day. Now Go Get Married.

Marriage isn't a purely private concern. It impacts you, your kids, and society. America needs to get better at it. This article, based on Lawrence Mead's recent Center paper, "Restoring a Marriage Norm," originally appeared in The Weekly Standard. Happy Valentine’s Day. Before you celebrate by heading out and swiping right, let’s have a talk about marriage. For decades, the United States has tolerated the decline of marriage because it seemed to be what a modern society demanded. But it turns out that “liberation” isn’t free and the costs of subverting the marriage culture have become prohibitive. Today, only about 60 percent of marriages...

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Educational advance for parent choice: 529 accounts available for K-12 public, private and religious schools

The new tax bill will not only encourage schools to offer the best educational opportunities, it will also bring new schools into the marketplace and strengthen the private and religious schools in Minnesota. Parents will still “pay twice” by paying taxes for the public school and tuition for the school of their choice but at least Congress, as you will read below, has expanded 529 accounts for all K-12 schools. ...

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