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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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Duluth Schools Under Fire From National Group for Censorship

The National Coalition Against Censorship may be a highly politicized, New York-based, group of artistic, educational, religious and labor organizations that skews far left. But give NCAC credit for taking a bold stand in criticizing political correctness by Minnesota liberals when no one locally had the guts for the second time in less than a year. The latest case in point--Duluth Public Schools' widely reported decision to ban two classic American novels from the classroom, Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird. Minnesota educational institutions and free speech advocates have remained largely silent on the school district's controversial decision. But NCAC called...

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Another Encounter Between MN Rep. Keith Ellison and Farrakhan Revealed

The long-suppressed photo that recently surfaced of then Senator Barack Obama with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan may not have gotten the play it deserved in the press. But the renewed focus on top Democrats' on-again, off-again relationship with the anti-Semitic Farrakhan has landed Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) back in the spotlight, according to the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, during his first run for Congress from Minnesota, Mr. Ellison conceded he had worked with the Nation of Islam for 18 months before the October 1995 Million Man March. In a letter, he assured Jewish...

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National Media Picks Up Center’s Expose on Indoctrination in Edina Schools

Katherine Kersten's expose of leftist indoctrination and bullying by Edina Public Schools first revealed in Thinking Minnesota continues to attract attention locally and nationally. The latest coverage comes in a Weekly Standard piece headlined "Inside a Public School Social Justice Factory." As a result, the school system’s obsession with “white privilege” now begins in kindergarten. At Edina’s Highlands Elementary School, for example, K-2 students participate in the Melanin Project. The children trace their hands, color them to reflect their skin tone, and place the cut-outs on a poster reading, “Stop thinking your skin color is better than anyone elses!-[sic] Everyone is...

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