Opinion

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Minneapolis is much better prepared to deal with a confrontation such as that between the police and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Freeman said the Minneapolis police force has a better relationship with black people and better credibility and there’s a belief in the community that people will be [...]

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Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: • Make much more use of highly successful schools. • Share results sooner with teachers. • Use a broader array of assessments. Results [...]

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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 whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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  What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: –Re-establishing school year routines at least a few days before the first [...]

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