Commentary Highlight

Dale Swanson Guest Columnist Those who are determined to hide or do not know the history of seniority for teachers and principals are doomed to relive it. In 1942, the Duluth School District looking for budget savings adopted a “juniority” policy which targeted more experienced and better paid teachers and particularly married female teachers to [...]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters will be accepted for the Open Forum for publication in the next available issue after receipt. Letters may be sent to Forest Lake Times, 880 SW 15th St., Forest Lake, or by e-mail to editor.forestlaketimes@ecm-inc.com. Letters should not exceed 250 words and must be signed with the writer’s name, address and telephone [...]

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How teachers with tenure should be evaluated and laid off in a school system are hot topics at the Minnesota Legislature. Republicans, who are in the majority in both houses, seem to favor a measure that would use test scores and teacher effectiveness along with seniority in terminating teachers. Now, seniority (years of experience) is [...]

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FL resident responds to letter from Rep. Dettmer’s wife. Michael Lafave Guest Columnist I’m writing in response to Colleen Dettmer’s column “Legislator’s wife defends her husband” whose comments were directed at me. First and foremost I would like to be clear about her comment “Sometime last summer, Bob talked briefly to Mr. Lafave wishing to [...]

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Colleen Dettmer responds to letter critical of Rep. Bob Dettmer Colleen Dettmer Guest Columnist As the wife of Bob Dettmer, State Representative for Senate District 52A, I have seen many interesting things written (pro and con) about my husband in the papers over the years. It is something I have learned to accept as coming [...]

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