Opinion

Government in America must be neutral among religions and neutral between religion and non-religion – at least that’s how the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the establishment clause of the First Amendment. But escalating conflicts involving government treatment of the nonreligious – atheists and humanists – reveal that far too many government officials are confused and […]

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A provocative email from a recently elected Central Minnesota school board member included the following: “The world is much different [than] when my parents made their decisions [about schools]. I am struggling with how much tax money should be spent to retain and attract students.” Below is my response. Hope to hear what you think. […]

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Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders convened in January with a common goal of “progress for Minnesotans on education, job creation and better government.” Four months later, the Legislature’s adjournment left more questions than achievements. Why are teachers not required to pass a basic skills test before entering classrooms? Why are we raising taxes on […]

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A bill to protect jobs of high school coaches from parental complaints is a bad idea. Seems that some coaches claim they are being let go because too many parents complain about their coaching and how they handle their players. To protect their jobs, the bill in the Legislature would require that the school board […]

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What are the strengths and shortcomings in public education that most need attention in 2013? Students, families, educators and others who read this column in more than 50 communities from Stillwater to Waconia, and Little Falls to Caledonia, will have their own answers. Here are the key areas that I think should be priorities. How […]

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