By Cory Zurowski The marbled corridors of the Rayburn House Office Building are deserted at the moment, save for the tardy staffer bravely power-walking in masochistic heels. That wasn't the case five minutes ago. Then, the hallways of this four-story structure, home to U.S. representatives and t ... More >>
Obamacare, Benghazi, NSA surveillance... these are the issues you expect to hear Republicans railing about in the run up to November's congressional elections.But evolution? We thought that one was more or less settled right around the time the Lucy fossil was found, at least for those of us incline ... More >>
An administrative law judge has ruled that despite the MNGOP's worries, the state's new social studies standards won't turn Minnesota's youth into a bunch of jihadists after all.In her ruling, Judge Barbara Nelson called the new standards "needed and reasonable," adding that "It is inevitable that t ... More >>
Prosecutors team with debt collectors to terrorize consumers
New Loring Park spot embraces cocktails and dinner dishes
Education comes second to institutional income at a steep price
In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny
The controversial charter school was more than just a First Amendment fiasco
This week's feature chronicles the troubled history of TiZA, the controversial charter school blasted by conservative critics as the "Minnesota madrassa." TiZA began humbly, serving poor Somali immigrants in Inver Grove Heights. It grew into a media darling, and Congressman Keith Ellison enrolled h ... More >>
Ron Paul, for one, isn't overlooking the Minnesota GOP presidential caucus, coming up on February 7. Paul's campaign recently announced that it has purchased "substantial" airtime in Minnesota in advance of the oft-inconsequential event, which has added significance this year as Republicans conti ... More >>
Owatonna Senior High School was the site of alleged discrimination.The St. Cloud school district has almost completed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to end an investigation into anti-Muslim behavior at Apollo High School. In March 2010, the Council on American Islamic Relati ... More >>
Business is business. Larry Isaak leaves Capella.Just a few weeks ago, Minnesota for-profit university Capella predicted a 35 percent drop in enrollment for the coming quarter. As a result, upwards of 125 non-faculty were expected to get pink slipped, and the company's stock took a beating. ... More >>
Behind the scenes of standardized testing
j.o.h.n. walkerEnrollment is off at CapellaCapella Education stock is taking a beating on the news that the Minnesota-based for-profit online education company is predicting a 35 percent drop in enrollment for the coming quarter. That means 125, or 8 percent, of its nonfaculty employees are goi ... More >>
j.o.h.n. walkerCongratulations, debt slaves!How can you tell when a college or university is taking advantage of its students? When the school is better at signing them up for student loans than it is at preparing them for the job market. By that test, some Minnesota schools aren't doing so well ... More >>
ACLU-MN.orgFor a minute there, they lost themselves.The ACLU of Minnesota doesn't actually exist. That was one of the more awkward revelations in last week's flurry of filings in the ACLU's ongoing lawsuit against the Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy. The civil liberties group sued the school and the ... More >>
Meanwhile 15.7 percent of graduates default
Suddenly loving federal cash.Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was loving federal spending. Not the kind to help all Minnesotans with their health care costs, however. Just the kind to help southern Minnesota recover from floods. The former isn't a priority, he says. He won't even allow state a ... More >>
Photo: dmax3270Another day, another act of bigotry in St. Cloud?The Minnesota Council on American Islamic Relations is calling yesterdays vandalism at a Somali-owned market in St. Cloud a hate crime, and it has asked the FBI to look into the matter. "Law enforcement officials must send a str ... More >>
Photo: dmax3270St. Cloud cops report no leads in the vandalism of Hared Jibyil's market.When Hared Jibyil showed up at his Hormud Market on Division Street this morning, he found that the storefront had been spray-painted with a message: "Go home." But Jibyil is already home. He moved to t ... More >>
Photo: RanoushFree speech or hate speech, that's the questionSometimes this whole defense-of-free-speech thing is darned annoying. Here we are, for goodness sakes, watching some guy from Waite Park named Sidney Elyea saying he's well within his constitutional rights to post flyers on utility ... More >>
Photo: RanoushThe U.S. Department of Education has agreed to launch an investigation into anti-Muslim harassment at schools in St. Cloud and Owatonna, and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it welcomed the news. "Decades after the beginning of the civil r ... More >>
Plus: More ACORN drama, TiZA charter school
Granite City Baptist Church-Academy's anti-Islam ad in the St. Cloud TimesEver wonder where some folks get their ideas about Islam? Some of them read what Pastor Dennis Campbell of Granite City Baptist Church-Academy has to say in this St. Cloud Times newspaper ad: "How do Moslems seek to ta ... More >>
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 >>
So far, Muslim students in the Minneapolis and St. Paul schools have not come to CAIR with the kinds of complaints it hears from elsewhere in the state.
A radically retooled Minneapolis School Board tries to stop the bleeding and start over
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.
The education commissioner changes her tune
Minneapolis public school officials make some hard budget-trimming choices
University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson's to-do list this season: win big ten championship. Win national title. Put stranglehold on the growth of women's athletics.
Our campuses, ourselves: That's entertainment!
The NAACP's education lawsuit promised to be a watershed case for poor and minority kids. So when exactly did the wheels come off?
From metro-area classrooms to the state Legislature, "new new math" equals controversy
After nearly 10 rocky years on the job, UM Women's Athletic Director Chris Voelz finally has plenty to smile about.
Former students of a local high-tech graphics training program paid up to $25,000 for their diplomas. Many say they didn't get the education they were promised. The school dismissed their complaints; state and federal authorities didn't.