editorial

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 an education as [...]

facebook icon
twitter icon
comments icon

A growing number of scientific findings on early brain development and the ability of children to learn more earlier is leading educational and business leaders to push for more state funding to educate three-and four-year-old children, particularly from communities with concentrations of poor families. Experts say that at the age of five a child’s brain [...]

facebook icon
twitter icon
comments icon

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 state funding formula for a full day [...]

facebook icon
twitter icon
comments icon

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 through taxation or otherwise to secure a thorough and [...]

facebook icon
twitter icon
comments icon

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 political parties. They felt that factionalism would be the undoing of the [...]

facebook icon
twitter icon
comments icon

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 been rolling down [...]

facebook icon
twitter icon
comments icon

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 is that some two-thirds of the dollars spent by [...]

facebook icon
twitter icon
comments icon
up arrow
up arrow