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St. Paul ponders what to do with waiting lists

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

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

(Photo credit: High School for Recording Arts)

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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Nanny State of the Week: Feds send LSD Ale on a long, strange trip

By   /  April 11, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, Minnesota, Nanny State of the Week, National, News, Power Abuse, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

LSD Ale

Minneapolis-based Indeed Brewing is renaming its popular LSD Ale after getting in trouble with the federal government.

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Supreme Court weighs property rights against EPA authority

By   /  April 7, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, Judiciary, Minnesota, National, News, Power Abuse, Regulations  /  No Comments

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For more than 40 years, property owners have had no legal recourse to challenge certain parts of the EPA’s Clean Water Act. That could soon change.

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