Former state senator heads back to Capitol to push school reform

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2012 - 7:22 PM

Kathy Saltzman heads StudentsFirst, which champions reforms against the headwinds of Education Minnesota, the teachers' union.

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Willy53Nov. 26, 12 5:53 AM

Considering Kathy Saltzman's effective legislative work in the Senate on transportation and education and her ground breaking legislation to legitimately institutionalize charters through accountability in our education system,it was stunning that republicans were able to defeat her. A business ally and a realist with respect to legitimate charter schools, she may have been the Senate's most bipartisan and effective legislator. While I do not agree with Saltzman's views on Charters or her support for Teach For America and decry the influx of out-of-state dollars to Students First that ultimately works to weaken our public school systsem, I do suggest that Educate Minnesota find common ground with Saltzman, a formidable organizer and results oriented force. Both Saltzman and Educate Minnesota have one sure thing in common: the improvement of education in Minnesota. Certainly, there can be some give and take over seniority and the current system of teacher accountability within the union while retaining the licensure and education requirements that ensure our students are receiving educated and competent classroom instruction.

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sek2undrstndNov. 27, 1210:57 AM

StudentsFirst ignores the reality that most teachers are doing a good job teaching our kids while they are in school. The gap in achievement comes while the kids are not in school (i.e. summer break). During the summer, kids from more fortunate familes improve their learning while those from the least fortunate families actually regress. I would be more supportive of StudentsFirst if they supported ideas like Early Childhood Education rather than working to deny teachers the freedom and right to assemble.

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