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Pension Omnibus Bill Increases General Fund Contributions to City of Minneapolis; Makes Bailout to Local Government Fund Permanent

The 2018 bill was supposed to immediately and miraculously drop the unfunded liability by billions while lowering the assumed rate of return and solve the funding crisis “for the next 30 years.” The problem is that lawmakers reached a political compromise, which is what elected officials do, but pensions are a mathematical and actuarial puzzle that is immune to political fixes. ...

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Teachers’ Unions Oppose Charters Schools; Use the Power to Strike to Stop Competition from Charter Schools

This is a troubling use of strikes (some legal, some illegal depending on the state law) because unions are using their clout to limit, or even take out, their competition instead of using their clout to improve the quality of education and teachers’ professional experience at unionized schools. It is a back-door veto on state-based legislation and policies in favor of offering flexibility and choices for parents, who after all, know what is best for the children....

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Schadenfreude on Monday Morning: SEIU employees threaten to strike against union

I got a text this morning alerting me to a potential strike by the people who work as employees for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). "OPEIU rejected the SEIU’s last, best and final offer, arguing that the SEIU was cutting the number of union-staffed professional and technical support positions and was outsourcing the work to non-union consultants."...

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Minnesota teachers are trapped by arbitrary union terms, forcing them to fund Education Minnesota’s partisan political spending.

I get to talk to the hosts of Education Nation tonight about the one of my favorite topics: how the teachers’ union is a political organization using teachers’ dues to fund a decidedly leftist agenda that has damaged the teaching profession and brought chaos to our public schools and culture. Education Nation hosts, Rebekah Hagstrom and Marc Durkin, on 1280AM The Patriot broadcast every Saturday night from 6:00—6:30 pm. Tonight we will review a report my colleague Catrin Thorman and I released this winter. It reveals how Minnesota teachers are trapped by arbitrary union terms, forcing them to fund Education Minnesota’s partisan...

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The Empire Strikes Back at Teacher Licensing Reforms

The Empire Strikes Back might just as well be showing in St. Paul, featuring legislators committed to helping Education Minnesota beat back teacher licensing reforms.  Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton wants to dismantle reforms signed into law by then Gov. Mark Dayton to open up the teaching ranks and streamline the licensing system. Her legislation would completely undo reforms that were years in the making, according to Session Daily. The current system went into effect in 2017, creating four tiers of teacher licenses. The goal was to simplify the process, create different pathways to enter the profession, attract out-of-state teachers, and, ultimately, address...

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