Tag Archives: Opinion

Simple solutions exist for equitable school funding in Minnesota

By Bob Barrett, Representative Dist. 17B Last Tuesday evening a school funding meeting was held at the North Branch High School sponsored by the St. Paul AFL/CIO union. The keynote address was given by Deb Griffiths of the non-profit group Schools … Continue reading

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ECM Editorial: Market value homestead credit turns out to be political football; repeal of elimination legislation is needed

While the Minnesota Legislature, controlled by Republicans, boasted it did not raise taxes last session, it eliminated the market value homestead credit that could increase most homeowners’ property taxes by varying amounts on taxes payable next year. For 44 years, … Continue reading

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School News: Patron Tours a hit!

By Deb Henton, Ed.D. Superintendent Last Thursday, North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) hosted its first ever Patron Tour. We invited about 50 people, and five took us up on our offer of a tour of buildings and programs, and … Continue reading

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Education leaders share views on policy changes

With school tests and taxes in the news, I asked several local leaders about their priority for state or national policy changes. Here’s what they told me: Sondra Erickson, chair of the Minnesota House Education Reform Committee and state representative … Continue reading

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Support the operating levy

On behalf of our students, staff and school board, I want to thank you for your continued support and commitment to Princeton Public Schools. Your support has helped us provide a tradition of high quality educational programs that have assisted … Continue reading

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Entitlement vs. Obligation: Social Security and Medicare are obligations

By U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack The growing debate in Congress over “entitlement reform” is being made more difficult by the use of ill-defined terms. My colleagues are mistaken when they continue to refer to Social Security and Medicare as “entitlements.” … Continue reading

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Tips to make the school year a successful one

By Aaron Lynch, LAYSB September marks the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year and is National School Success Month. After a much needed summer break, it is time to prepare for school. You have probably done the shopping and registered … Continue reading

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Using tomorrow’s dollars to pay for today’s education

The solution to ending the state shutdown last month was accomplished, in part, by delaying payments to the schools.  That means the state will pay next year part of the revenue owed to the schools for operation this year.  The … Continue reading

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August 21-27 is Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week in Minnesota: Why minnesota’s corrections system is best

By Richard Crawford, Deputy Commissioner,  Minnesota Department of Corrections Kim Weisner, a community supervision agent in Chaska, received something unexpected in the mail: a thank you card from an offender she recommended be sent to jail. In it, the man … Continue reading

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Opinion: Volunteers are needed to help active-duty military and veterans

I have been asked by people in Elk River, “What can I do to help our active-duty military and veterans of all ages?” Get involved with one of the many veterans organizations in our state. Ask the veteran who is … Continue reading

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