ECM Editorial Board
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? Fin...Read More
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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 b...Read More
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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 – ...Read More
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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:...Read More
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There was a sea change in the political landscape in 2012 when voters handed Gov. Mark Dayton a DFL Party majority in both houses of the legislature. If there was any doubt that the party in control would retreat from its campaign promises, the legislative session that ended last Monday put them to ...Read More
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The number of students who have special needs in Minnesota is growing and the funding system to educate them needs to be repaired. Each student with special needs has an individual education plan (IEP) that by law must be funded. All children including those with special needs have an equal right to...Read More
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