Communities rally for better education opportunities after years of obstacles
Minnesota is second only to New Hampshire in terms of the best states to live in, according to a list put together by Politico's Margaret Slattery.SEE ALSO: David Letterman shares his "top 10 least successful Minnesota businesses"Slattery's list "rounded up 14 different state rankings from reputable ... More >>
Last November, Republican Bob Barrett squared off against former DFL state Sen. Rick Olseen in a tight contest for a newly created Lindstrom-area Senate seat.SEE ALSO: Former MNGOP Rep. Keith Downey listed dead guys as supporters in ad [IMAGE]In the days leading up to the election, Barrett mailed ou ... More >>
The controversial charter school was more than just a First Amendment fiasco
TiZA's 500-some students are moving on to other schools.Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, the controversial charter school that ran afoul of the Minnesota Education Department and a new state law, is closing its doors permanently.TiZA's board voted Tuesday not to appeal the Education Department's decision ... More >>
Sex toy company Adam & Eve is giving the University of Minnesota an endowed chair. Wait, let's rephrase that. Adam & Eve, a company that specializes in pornographic movies and sexual aids, is helping University of Minnesota administrators with a certain position. Sorry, once more. Adam &a ... More >>
Abstinence now, insanity later.Teenagers can be stupid. Which is why, conventional wisdom says, they ought to keep it in their pants until the hormonal seas have ebbed enough for sane and safe sexual decisions to be made. Right? Well, according to a new study, our sexual IQ is probably set l ... More >>
This week's cover on the secret life of standardized test scorers.In this week's cover story, we took you behind the scenes at standardized test scoring facilities across the Twin Cities. As the story mentions, the essay companies use a rubric to judge how many points to give a written essay. Fa ... More >>
Behind the scenes of standardized testing
Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri, Wikipedia.50th and France in Edina.A new survey from America's Promise Alliance counts five Minnesota cities in its top-100 "Best Communities for Young People" in the country. Unfortunately, Twin Citians, Minneapolis nor St. Paul made the cut. Here's who beat us: Edin ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty has opted to take grant money from a federal law he wants repealed. The money is for programs dismissed by the state as ineffective. And he picked a grant that requires $379,000 in state matching funds, while the state is already drowning in red ink. What's going on here? S ... More >>
Photo: PinkMooseTeen sex among loving partners is no drag on the GPABad news for the morals police: A new study co-authored by University of Minnesota sociobiology professor Eric Grodsky finds that sex with a steady girlfriend or boyfriend isn't likely to drag down a teenage student's grades. ... More >>
The Pine City Elementary School Band leader Brad Mariska had a fever on Thursday, and the only prescription was more cowbell. Sen. Al Franken was happy to oblige. Why? Paying homage to an old Saturday Night Live skit. Here's the cowbell clip: Here's a few seconds of Christopher Walken in the cla ... More >>
Plus: More ACORN drama, TiZA charter school
The Minnesota Education Department's investigation into the test scores and teaching licenses of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy was not racially motivated, the U.S. Education Department ruled this week.The Inver Groves Heights academy known as TiZA is a charter school whose student body is about 80 perc ... More >>
Minnesota students improve dramatically in science scores vs. Most Minnesota students are science ignoramuses.
The Strib's Kersten takes issue with church vs. state—but only when it involves Islam
State law quirk requires educators to sit on school board
A radically retooled Minneapolis School Board tries to stop the bleeding and start over
The "new" Tim Pawlenty looks a lot like the old one
Michele Bachmann's recipe for success: Christian piety and not-so-Christian opportunism
After watching the last two superintendents it tabbed go up in smoke, what will the Minneapolis School Board do for an encore?
The Governor's proposal to require local school districts to spend 70 percent of their budgets on "classroom expenses" sounds wonderful. But the devil is in the details, and the definitions. One way for districts to improve their compliance would be to go buy a few hundred power saws and have the vo ... More >>
Bush Administration eases off pass-fail system for public schools Four years after enactment of its hallmark education reform, the Bush administration appears to be heading off calls for changes in the law by agreeing not to enforce key provisions of No Child Left Behind. Schools that fail to make ... More >>
The "moment of zen" concluding Jon Stewart's Daily Show last night truly was a stunner. William Bennett, former Secretary of Education and author of Book of Virtues, appeared to advocate aborting all black children in the United States as a means of reducing crime. Here is what Bennett sa ... More >>
Now that she's leaving, Cheri Pierson Yecke's tenure as schools czar recalled as salad days Last week, to remarkably little fanfare, Cheri Pierson Yecke announced she was abandoning her congressional run--but not her post as hawk-scholar at the Center for the American Experiment--in favor of an app ... More >>
In a piece printed on Wednesday's op-ed page of the Star Tribune, Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) fulminated with a forked tongue. The premise of Buesgens' diatribe was that it was indeed better to shut down state government than cave in to the budgetary priorities of "former governors and other burea ... More >>
Michele Bachmann heads an all-star cast of GOP Christian flat-earthers in the Sixth District
New numbers show public education in Minnesota trending down, down, down
How I got my kid into a decent public school and learned that "choice" is not all it's made out to be
The new Minneapolis public schools super, groomed the corporate way by a conservative foundation
The federal No Child Left Behind law is threatening to wreck public education in Minnesota and elsewhere. That's what it was designed to do.
Keep a close eye on my left hand...
The education commissioner changes her tune
Can David Jennings please inner-city minorities and neo-con legislators?
What happens when good schools get a failing grade?
A charter school that opened with big promises last fall quietly goes belly-up
A tiny St. Paul high school throws off the shackles of state regulation--including those cumbersome rules about teacher certification
Charter schools, education for the future
Like Wendell Maddox, African Americans and Latinos increasingly support vouchers as a viable alternative to schools that fail them. Opponents say minorities are being used as pawns in an ideological battle.
How sports are wrecking schools.