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Ongoing Turmoil at Edina High School as Police Investigate Video [Updated]

The meltdown in Edina public schools has taken a turn for the worse. The Edina Police Department is now investigating a threatening online video posted by an anonymous group called EHS Anti-fascists, targeting members of the Youth Conservatives Club at Edina High School. The individual on the video was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and could not be identified. But from the sound of it, the real fascists appear to be the apparent students behind the video. Over the years we have been watching you, your inability to condemn racism, your corruption of the EHS administration, your sanctioning of hate-speech towards innocent...

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Teacher Reveals Required English Course Aims to Eradicate White Privilege at Edina High

As controversy swirls around the debate over the Edina public schools that Center of the American Experiment has launched, some charge the Center with exaggerating the political indoctrination going on in the district’s schools. They also say we fail to draw a connection between Edina district leaders’ embrace of an agenda based on racial identity politics and the district’s declining academic performance. Those who read Edina English teacher Jackie Roehl’s account of the hidden agenda of the high school’s notorious “Pre-AP English 10” course—written in an unguarded moment—can judge for themselves. The account is linked here. “Welcome to Pre-AP English 10, an...

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Are Edina Public Schools Giving Taxpayer Money to the ACLU? [UPDATED]

Everyone in Edina has seen the “All Are Welcome Here” lawn signs that began popping up after the 2016 election. The signs were a response to—and a public repudiation of—Donald Trump’s victory. “All Are Welcome Here” signs, custom printed in Hornet green and white, are posted around Edina High School and at other Edina public schools. How did they get there? Who paid for them? Where are the profits from their purchase going? This Instagram post answers the first question. The signs were delivered by All Are Welcome Here, LLC, a start-up formed by several Twin Cities artists in the wake of...

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Vikings Fans Stand Up to Protesters Kneeling for Anthem

A line of Vikings fans stood up--literally--to protesters kneeling during the national anthem outside US Bank Stadium before the Ravens game. But you'd never know it from the Associated Press version of the standoff, which was distributed nationwide on the press service wire. I ran across it online in the Washington Post. Protesters kneeled outside of U.S. Bank Stadium before the Minnesota Vikings’ game against the Baltimore Ravens. About 50 people took part in the demonstration Sunday while the national anthem played inside the Minneapolis stadium. The protesters say they want to raise awareness about shootings by police officers. Organizer Mel Reeves says...

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Edina Lefties Try to Push Back, But Fail Miserably

For a week or more, leftists in Edina have been yammering on Facebook about how they were going to collect a huge number of Thinking Minnesota magazines that were mailed to residents of Edina, and deliver them to our office. Today, they finally tried to do so. Two women showed up at our office with a big box that contained a few copies of Thinking Minnesota. I introduced myself and invited them to come in, saying that I wanted to interview them. They refused to go beyond the entrance to our office, and one of them wouldn't even tell me...

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Center’s Exposé Dominates Debate Over Edina Schools

Kathy Kersten's bombshell cover story in the Fall issue of Thinking Minnesota on political indoctrination in the Edina public schools continues to reverberate. Today's spotlights the article's impact: "Charge of 'political indoctrination' heats up Edina school board race." An article alleging political “indoctrination” in the Edina School District has become one of the central topics of this year’s crowded school board race. The article was published in Thinking Minnesota, a magazine produced by the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank, and sent to all households in Edina. Its author, Katherine Kersten, an Edina resident and senior fellow at the...

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Kathy Kersten Needs Defending in the Same Way a Fish Needs a Bike Path

About 25 years ago, not for the first time and not nearly for the last time, Kathy Kersten wrote something that made a lot of people on the left mad, really mad.  A quarter century later, she has done it again, making many of the ideological descendants of the people who were steamed at her back then steamed again.  I don’t recall what the big controversy was in the early 1990s, but the current one deals with her exposing education-corrupting, lefty activism in Edina schools.  For examples, see her Thinking Minnesota cover story or her Star Tribune op-ed summary of...

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Watch the Presentation that Kicked Off the Edina School Controversy

We started writing about political indoctrination in the Edina public schools during the Summer, but the event that first gained widespread attention in Edina was my presentation to the Senate District 49 BPOU meeting on September 26. The speech was basically a preview of Kathy Kersten's article in Thinking Minnesota, which came out the following Monday, with a couple of items that were too new to make the magazine article. Several representatives of the schools attended the meeting. Whether it was because of their reports or for some other reason, misrepresentations about my presentation were spread on Edina social media. (In...

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Edina’s Superintendent Misrepresented Facts to Civil Rights Commission

As you know if you have followed the controversy over the Edina school district's penchant for left-wing indoctrination, the district's bullying and intimidation of nonconforming students, parents and teachers was severe enough to draw an inquiry from a Commissioner of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, who was concerned that Edina's schools are violating the civil rights of non-leftist students. Superintendent John Schultz responded to Commissioner Peter Kirsanow's letter on September 21. In that response, Schultz said that some of the parents and students who were quoted in posts on this web site said things that were not correct. This is...

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How Leftism Can Ruin a School District

Kathy Kersten's column in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled "Racial identity policies are ruining Edina's fabled schools." The column is drawn from Kathy's much longer article in the current issue of Thinking Minnesota, but it also includes some new material. Kathy's Star Tribune article describes the obsessions with race and liberal politics that pervade the Edina public school system. A few excerpts: The “All for All” plan mandates sweeping change to how education is delivered in Edina. For example, it dictates that, from now on, the district will hire “racially conscious teachers and administrators.” It also declares that students must...

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