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Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed to invest $40 million to expand participation in all-day kindergarten. The funding would be available to schools that offer optional all-day kindergarten free to all students in that district who want to participate. The funding is intended to cover 70 percent of the st...Read More
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There’s evidence that the education system in Minnesota needs to be examined and strengthened. Improving it is always evolving with the goal of providing the best education possible for all students. The state constitution says a general and uniform system of public schools should be established t...Read More
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While Washington has been teetering on the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a new book suggests better ways exist to manage the nation’s affairs. “The Parties Versus the People,” by former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards, points out that the Founding Fathers were generally opposed to politica...Read More
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Riders and taxpayers should not be misled by the news that the Northstar Commuter Rail line is declining slightly in ridership. While ridership the first 10 months has declined by 2.2 percent (13,215), the good news is that the operating fund has been under budget for all three years the train has b...Read More
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Among the vital public policy issues postponed until after the election, and now awaiting action by the lame-duck Congress, is the so-called “Farm Bill.” We observe that “Farm Bill” is a somewhat misleading moniker that likely distracts the public and their elected officials alike. The fact ...Read More
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A record number of Minnesota voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6 sent a strong message to their legislators – end the gridlock, compromise and do what’s best for the state, not for the political party. They had in mind those days when inability to reach a compromise on a budget actually shut down the stat...Read More
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Over the past several weeks, the ECM Editorial Board has shared its voting recommendations for key elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We do not make these decisions lightly and do so only after hundreds of hours of work by a number of editorial board panels and the full board that interviewed numerous ca...Read More
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