May 1, 2017 · 7:44 pm
More than 50 years ago, I went to public schools in rural Minnesota. My husband attended public school in Minneapolis. My children went to St. Paul public schools. Now my great-nieces and great-nephew are in St. Paul Public Schools. I have taught in public schools. So did my aunt and my great-aunt and my grandmother.
I say this to tell you that I know about public schools – their successes and their shortcomings. I believe in public education as a crucial part of our duty to our children, to our state, to citizenship itself.
Minnesota’s legislature is set to grossly underfund education. That’s a failure that affects every person in our state. For me, that failure hits very close to home. Continue reading →
May 2, 2016 · 2:51 pm
I devour school news — probably far more of it than is good for my mental health. Several recent stories seem especially worth noting:
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Filed under education, race, St. Paul Notes
Tagged as bootstrapping, discipline, education, Galtier School, grit, no excuses, race, school funding, schools, soft skills, SPPS, St. Paul
April 26, 2016 · 9:44 pm
In Lake Wobegon, all the children are above average, and that’s pretty much the Minnesota motto for everything. We have above average biking cities, above average hipster neighborhoods, and above average funding for public education. Oops — scratch education off the list. NPR’s School Money series just popped that civic pride balloon. Continue reading →