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Violence at Edina High School

When a high school slides downhill from pre-eminence to mediocrity, one symptom is violence. A school that no longer stands for high standards has a harder time maintaining control over its more unruly students. Such violence may be racial in nature, but that shouldn't be a surprise in a school where students have been taught from kindergarten that the most important thing about them is the color of their skin, and that members of some races are relentlessly oppressed in 21st century America--even the ones privileged enough to attend, for example, Edina High School. A school whose highest purpose is...

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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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The Thrill is Gone: Minnesota Students Are Being Deprived of Real Protest. Even in Chaska.

Do you remember the good old days when walking out of school, or skipping school, had real consequences? Now in many school districts in Minnesota and around the country, the left has so deeply permeated school administrations and the teachers’ union, that they are helping students stage protests. They are even helping students make posters in the classrooms. providing materials and class time! ...

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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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“School Discipline Gaps” in Minnesota: Are They Really a Mystery?

This brief Associated Press article is a classic of the genre, on an increasingly important subject: A new study highlighting wide gaps in school discipline between Minnesota's white and minority students is raising concerns among state human rights leaders. Some would say that it should be raising concerns among leaders of minority groups whose students are behaving badly, so as to incur discipline. The report released Friday found students of color were twice as likely to be suspended or expelled as their white peers, despite making up a smaller share of students. The phrase "students of color" is telling. I will try to track...

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Word of Edina’s School Decline Is Spreading

Our exposure of left-wing indoctrination, politically-motivated bullying and declining academic performance in the Edina public schools continues to reverberate. The story has gone national, with the Weekly Standard and the Drudge Report, among others, picking up on it. Here is another indication of the broad interest that the Edina story has generated. A YouTuber named Sean Fitzerald has produced an 11-minute video on "the complete failure that is the SJW [Social Justice Warrior] take over of the Edina school district." The video is based on Katherine Kersten's work, and he quotes liberally from our reports. You can tell Fitzgerald isn't from...

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U of M Faces Potential Lawsuit Over Barring Shapiro From Main Campus

The University of Minnesota continues to go out of its way to marginalize conservatives on campus. Perhaps the Republican-run Minnesota Legislature will find a way to make the bloated ranks of U of M administrators pay during the 2018 legislative session just underway. But a national foundation may beat them to it with a potential lawsuit over the school's foolish decision to banish Ben Shapiro, one of the most popular conservative speakers in the country, to the farm campus in St. Paul. Reports in the Star Tribune and other media note the U of M claims Shapiro represents a supposed security...

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Another Mass Shooting: the Left Uses Tragedy and Students to Ignore a Culture of Death

National Public Radio (NPR) is reporting that “students” in Florida are organizing big, national events to demand more gun control. Wouldn’t it be more honest to report who is actually planning these events? Say, for example, Democratic party operatives and their vast network of social organizers and disrupters who are using these students and this tragedy for political gain? ...

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Target: Happy Valentine’s Day To My “Person!”

My wife used to be a loyal Target shopper; in fact, she worked for Target quite a few years ago. Her loyalty has waned as the company has gotten ever more PC, but she still shops there occasionally. She took this picture of a Valentine's Day display in our local Target store: "You Are My Person." How romantic! Is Valentine's Day really celebrated by a lot of people who aren't sure whether the object of their affections is a man or a woman? Or, if the company wants to be gender-neutral, how about "You are my valentine?" Then there is the creepily...

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Media Fails to Disclose U of M Professor’s Role with Anti-Trump Group in Dozens of Interviews

Cable news junkies will recognize the name of Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota faculty member who’s blossomed into a go-to source for leftwing cable channels and the networks on ethical issues in politics. In that role, the esteemed S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law has appeared dozens of times on CNN, MSNBC and Headline News in the last three months alone. One of the Trump administration’s most toxic critics, Painter gets beaucoup airtime due to his credentials as George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer for a couple years. But now a conservative watchdog is asking whether Painter’s prolific media...

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