ECM Editorial Board
The issue of bullying should be simple: Don’t do it — and if you see it, report it. A 180-pound eighth-grade boy shouldn’t beat up a 99-pound sixth-grader and steal his lunch money. It’s wrong. Don’t do it. However, that seemingly universal premise of right and wrong has morphed into an em...Read More
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The time has come when penalties for convicted distracted drivers in Minnesota should be more severe and comparable to those of motorists convicted of drunken driving. In Minnesota, distracted driving is defined as drivers engaged in any activity that might distract from the primary task of driving....Read More
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Violence is both insidious and deadly in our society. Some of us live with it, even daily. For others it glares though headlines, or it blindsides us when we are least expecting. We think that violence – how it happens, how it affects us and how we can stop it – deserves a closer look. [...]...Read More
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Minnesota’s politicians are embroiled in debate – what should we do with an extra billion dollars or two? Granted, the problem of too much money is always better than the problem of not enough. Still, it’s time to rein in our leaders and add some practical observations. First, the $1.9 billion...Read More
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The Minnesota House of Representatives has passed a bill, authored by Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, calling for a major change in the way teacher layoffs are conducted when finances, enrollments or instructional program changes call for reduction of teaching positions. A companion bill authored...Read More
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ECM Editorial Board The number of students who have special needs in Minnesota schools continues to grow. State and federal governments need to fund federally mandated programs as promised to avoid using local operating school district funds to subsidize the program. To its credit, the 2012-13 state...Read More
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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 whol...Read More
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