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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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Study suggests that school choice reduces criminal activity

By   /  February 19, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

SENTENCE REFORM: SB 250 promises to focus much more on treating drug offenders, instead of locking them up with violent criminals.

A study of Milwaukee’s school choice voucher program has found that students taking advantage of vouchers are less likely to become involved in criminal activity. The study compared students enrolled in Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program to Minneapolis Public School students. The data shows that the longer  students are enrolled in the voucher program, the less likely they are to […]

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Teachers unions stage ‘walk-in’ action to protest budgets — and competition

By   /  February 17, 2016  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Teachers union members and their supporters staged “walk-in” demonstrations at sites around the country Wednesday, ostensibly to rally support for more spending on public education. But organizers couldn’t resist using the occasion to take a few jabs at charter schools, too. In Chicago, events were held at more than 200 schools, designed to get the attention of […]

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School vouchers mean equal opportunity in Minnesota

By   /  December 14, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments


School vouchers can be a means to provide equal opportunity in a state with the worst economic disparity between white and minority citizens, Andy Brehm, a senior fellow at the Center for the American Experiment, writes in the Minnesota Post. In Minnesota, 85 percent of white students graduate from high school on time, while only 49 […]

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Wisconsin still a high-tax state, latest data show

By   /  November 3, 2015  /  News, State Budgets, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“Wisconsin tax burden and rank changed little during 2008-13,” the alliance noted in a press release.

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