This is a tough time to be a young teacher in Minnesota’s school districts. It’s pink slip time, when your bosses get to suggest in public you’re not good enough for them but they can’t or won’t say exactly why. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
A few weeks ago, the state was debating whether we’re too quick to keep our kids sheltered from the elements. You know, not like we were kids, what with our survival skills and all.
What about the kids of Clearwater County, west of Bemidji? Read more →
There is, perhaps, a debate to be had on the matter of artistic expression and racist symbols in history, but it’s inarguable that if a school district puts on a play featuring students in KKK robes, it should see the backlash coming from miles away. A Sioux Falls school didn’t. Read more →
A student in California is protesting her high school’s refusal to allow her to wear her MAGA hat. The news here, of course, is that the high school kids may actually be motivated by her complaint to read and study the U.S. Constitution. Read more →
The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, comes from a team headed by a researcher at the University of Florida who studied reports of child abuse in ages 5 to 11 during the 2015-2016 academic year. Read more →
Brainerd school authorities are promising to get to the bottom of who posted an anti-Trump meme to the Garfield Elementary School’s Facebook page on Saturday. Read more →
We have reached the stage of the Minnesota Legislature’s annual session when it is forced to cram its work into the last few days, creating the illusion that it is working. It’s not. Read more →
Embracing God and a perverted definition of freedom, we believe that a person should be able to buy a gun intended to kill lots of kids in a hurry, faster than the security guard with a gun that you think is the solution, can put down his doughnut. Read more →
The racist taunts between a school bus driver in Moorhead and his passengers has brought out school-bus drivers in the area willing to tell the story of what the job is like. Read more →
A school district west of Minneapolis may be the latest to drop the idea of a valedictorian at graduation time in favor of an honors system that include more students. Read more →
A lot of school boards across the country have student representatives to provide the perspective of the students. Fargo’s is dead set against the idea, the Fargo Forum reports today.
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The Minnesota Department of Revenue has released its annual list of preliminary maximum property tax levies from local governments, which in many cases could lead to higher individual tax bills.
Not surprisingly, considering last week’s local school referenda, the more sizable increases are from the schools. Statewide, it’s about a 7.5 percent increase, with about half of that with the permission of voters in those referenda. Read more →
Some parents in the Stillwater area worry that a a cellphone tower at a junior high school will harm their kids. Read more →
In Texas, the limits of protection are being explored by a school system near San Antonio that banned a child from using sunscreen on a recent field trip because it’s “typically toxic”. The child’s mother, Christy Riggs, is upset because skin cancer runs in her family; her father recently died because of it, KEYE TV Read more →
It’s not at all surprising that so many Americans are ignorant about their civil liberties given that many of the school districts in charge of teaching them can’t grasp them, either. Read more →