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Supreme Court hands property owners a major win in Clean Water Act case

By   /  May 31, 2016  /  Accountability, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Issues, Judiciary, Minnesota, National, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations  /  No Comments

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It was a unanimous win for property rights at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, and another stinging defeat for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Unsung Hero: Kristi Rosenquist tilts at wind farms

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Accountability, Energy and Environment, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Part 1 of 2 in the series Unsung Heroes Kristi Rosenquist isn’t one to rest on her laurels. This spring, for instance, she’s battling the wind industry yet again, trying to persuade members of the Minnesota Legislature that the state needs better noise standards for siting wind turbines because those spinning noise-makers are now allowed […]

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St. Paul ponders what to do with waiting lists

By   /  May 2, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments

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Hundreds of families in St. Paul, Minnesota, were left on waiting lists after the end of school choice lottery season, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, leading some officials to suggest looking for new ways — including magnet schools — to persuade students to look beyond their first choice. Read the whole story here.

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Nanny State of the Week: A state license for breast-feeding advice?

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Accountability, Economy, Issues, Jobs + Growth, Minnesota, Nanny State of the Week, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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While some states take a hard look at the cost of occupational license laws, Minnesota might mandate more government-issued permission slips.

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Prince’s educational legacy

By   /  April 24, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments

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Among those mourning the death last week of Prince were those in the school choice community whom he inspired. The High School for the Recording Arts in St Paul, Minnesota, released a statement saying that the “history of the charter school is inextricably connected to the artist known as Prince, and his spirit has always permeated through the […]

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Vergara overturned, but teacher tenure conversation changed forever

By   /  April 15, 2016  /  California, Education, Minnesota, National, News  /  No Comments

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The same week a state appellate court overturned a lower court’s ruling that barred teacher tenure, four families in Minnesota filed a similar lawsuit questioning the fairness of tenure laws and last in-first out policies. “There’s no doubt though that [Vergara v. California] has already changed the conversation,” Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, told […]

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