Opinion

Barrett allegations serious I’m writing today in response to James Lentz’s Aug. 28 letter supporting Rep. Bob Barrett and stating that he’s been a union electrician for over 25 years. James Lentz’s support of Rep. Barrett is interesting. As a union electrician myself, I was very disappointed that Barrett didn’t support the bonding bill that [...]

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A five-point plan to close the high school graduation gap between white and and non-white high school students was unveiled Monday, Aug. 18 by Generation Next, a coalition of influential education, nonprofit, governmental and business leaders. This plan, which includes a surprising screening of 3-year-olds for health and emotional issues in selected Minneapolis and St. [...]

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Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests like the MCA tests, the results of which were recent released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should make much more use of highly successful schools, share results sooner with teachers and use a broader array of assessments. [...]

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Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes, even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to insure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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Barrett complaint unfounded The Democrats’ recent attack on our state representative is outrageous. Many thousands of Chisago County residents are not buying the propaganda. We know Bob Barrett. Very few legislators do what he does. He works a full-time job in addition to serving us in the Minnesota House. He is an active member of [...]

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What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: Re-establishing school year routines at least a few days before the first day [...]

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