ECM Editorial Board

“School Choice” and Minnesota schools have been partners for several decades. This is the state that gave birth to charter schools, open enrollment and post-secondary options. The state has promoted and developed high school courses that qualify for college credit, or more inclusively, post-secondary education credit. Many state high schools offer a wide selection of [...]

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Housing prices are up 17.5 percent. Home sales are up 5.6 percent. Consumer spending is up. Americans are buying appliances at mid-2007 levels. The downside? Consumer debt has jumped 8.3 percent. Could Americans’ pent-up desire to spend money backfire, putting our economic recovery in reverse? Financial gurus urge us to spend below our means, save [...]

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It is painfully obvious that too many elected officials in Washington, D.C. have lost touch with the struggling people of this nation. This was demonstrated recently when House leaders proposed a Farm Bill that would have cut aid to food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients by a whopping $20 billion over a 10-year period. [...]

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A lot of focus has been put on elementary education to make sure kids have a solid foundation for learning. Then we turn our attention to high school, preparing students with the skills they need for college or the workforce. There is an important time in a child’s education – middle school – where there [...]

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Any discussion of public education – its needs, its strengths and weaknesses – generates a vast array of ideas, blame, expenses and controversy. It is almost surprising to find one premise that is universally agreed upon by administrators, politicians of all persuasions and teachers. It is this: A child needs to be reading at or [...]

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