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Post-Secondary For Everyone…But Maybe Not College

We’re not the first to say that community colleges and vocational-technical schools are often overlooked as gateways to middle class self-sufficiency.

The Diploma Mill That Is St. Paul Public Schools

It would seem it’s time for St. Paul Public Schools to stop deceiving its students and truly began preparing them for the world beyond high school.

Is It Okay to Bribe Your Kids?

I think there’s a good case to be made for bribing one’s children.

2015 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Results: Wrong Student Answers and Unasked Grown-Up Questions

Another year of tepid-to-lousy Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results in which key players, once again, have studiously steered clear from saying and asking what cries to be said and asked, with two omissions above others. 

As If Tuition Wasn't Bad Enough...

It was my first course in college. Nervous and uncertain about how to navigate this new world, I examined the class syllabus, called the college bookstore, and ordered the required textbook for my course.

Read them and weep

We have a crisis on our hands. While we can look around at the world of today and think things are fine, we have to remember that it was built by adults who were educated decades upon decades ago. The impact of a generation who is poorly educated despite spending incredible amounts of time in schools is just beginning to be felt. And it's going to get worse.

The Candidates and Education

If you’re not already sick of the 2016 presidential race and if you’re passionate about education policy, On the Issues may be worth your time.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments: Flat Again

Last week, City Pages ran an article proclaiming that the Minneapolis Public Schools are better than many might think. But with this week’s release of the 2015 MCA test scores, such a proclamation seems rather premature.

Hey Teachers Unions: You Don’t Have to Be So Weird

As I’ve criticized teachers unions for their monolithic, all-encompassing, arrogant, we-must-control-all-levers-of-power approach to education, I’ve heard an objection more than once: “The alternative is no power for collective bargaining.”

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