OAK GROVE, Minn. — If you have a problem with pocket gophers in this town, the city will pay you for its paws. Yep, that’s right. An item in the city’s $2.5 million annual budget allocates $800 for gopher feet.
The city will pay a $1.50 bounty per pocket gopher turned into City Hall. It wasn’t in their job description, but the handful of employees at City Hall consider it a public service in this Anoka County community on the northern fringe of the Twin Cities metro area.Read More →
It’s no secret we’re attached to our tablets, specifically our IPads. But so are thousands of local government officials, who rely on another IPAD — the state’s Information Policy Analysis Division — to comply with a greater volume of data and public information requests.
Under a bill before the 2015 Minnesota Legislature, government officials across Minnesota would undergo a sort of crash IPAD course in transparency requirements under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, Minnesota Open Meeting Law and data privacy statutes.Read More →
By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org
A single mom of four in Minnesota struggles to pay for the education of her autistic children. An Education Savings Account proposal could help her and others parents with special needs children.
Melissa Sirek has four children, three of whom are autistic.
After enrolling her children in public school, private school, and even […]
Patrons used to go to the library to check out books. Today, people go for any number of reasons. But while there’s something for everyone in 365 branch libraries statewide, some events leave discerning taxpayers wondering whether it’s something everyone should pay for.
People go for the secret life of puppets ($13,200), farmer comedian Roger Radley ($9,154), stage combat demonstrations with sword fights and mock brawls ($608), duct tape wearables classes ($300) and a series on darkness ($3,816).
All are taxpayer-funded programs, now commonplace in Minnesota libraries.Read More →
Parents, teachers, students, administrators and school board members say it’s not broke. So why does the Minnesota Department of Education insist on fixing it by eliminating the option of a four-day school week?
Eight rural school districts remain gung-ho on maintaining a four-day academic week that began as a measure to cut costs, but evolved into a way of life six years later.
The standoff between the four-day week schools and the state’s top educator has become a flashpoint over local control of education in an era that demands innovation in learning.Read More →
For the 2014 campaign, Education Minnesota endorsed Democrats across the board — except for three of 134 state legislative candidates — at the federal, state and local levels.
Yet, every teacher knows that repetition drills the concept home. So, last fall, the Chaska Education Association in suburban District 112 tried to stuff members’ school mailboxes with the union’s political flier, reiterating the 70,000-member organization’s preferred partisan picks.
But like some students in members’ classrooms, union leaders were pushing the school district’s boundaries, expressly prohibiting political activity on school grounds.Read More →