What Minnesota's 'education session' really did

  • Article by: Paul Marquart and Carlos Mariani
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 8:39 PM

We made changes that strengthen learning and thus our state's economy.

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pumiceSep. 12, 13 9:02 PM

From the article: "[N]ew career- and college-readiness exams beginning in middle school] ... turn our testing system into a tool that helps our learners move forward instead of acting as a punitive barrier that holds them back." Measuring individual progress toward real-world, outcome-based education goals... what a great idea!

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mgvetterSep. 12, 1310:31 PM

Wow, it sounds like everything's coming up roses, I'm so glad those wise Democrats have taken over. Now with the flood of money being directed back to the schools and the communities that were so mercilessly starved by those dastardly Republicans I'm sure that my property taxes will fall as our wise local leaders will realize they just don't need so much money. I'm not holding my breath. I'm sure that they will continue to find new programs that we just can't live without and our wonderful Minnesota "quality of life" will be well funded as long as Governor Dayton, and our heros Paul Marquart and Carlos Mariani continue to find more and better ways to spread the wealth. A retirement in the Black Hills of South Dakota is looking better to me all the time.

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alansonSep. 12, 1310:58 PM

You would think the Legislature had given a pile of treasure to the schools. In fact, the increase in state provided operating money is 1.5% (and in my District 196 1.1%). That's less than the rate of inflation, and that's why so many districts are voting on increasing their property tax levies this year.

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elmore1Sep. 13, 13 7:55 AM

Your goal should be "career readiness" not "college readiness". College costs are so high that they are clearly out of reach of most. There are too many college grads and not enough jobs. The educational focus should be around providing the skills to get a job in whatever field makes sense.

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Sutty69Sep. 13, 13 8:04 AM

People came out to vote for marriage not education. Want to invest in our kids education? Lets bring the Administrators salaries down that are all currently all kinds of overinflated. Time to play Robin Hood in you own yard DFL.

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brucelieSep. 13, 1310:53 AM

Not one educational goal has been met in 40 years. The United States invests 12K per student per year in education and the results have gotten worse, not better. We're sick of the Education Lobby's propaganda and poor results.

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braxozSep. 13, 13 2:42 PM

elmore1 Sep. 13, 13 7:55 AM Your goal should be "career readiness" not "college readiness". College costs are so high that they are clearly out of reach of most. There are too many college grads and not enough jobs. The educational focus should be around providing the skills to get a job in whatever field makes sense.__________ Please reread the article for meaning. From the article: "We combined these investments with rigorous new achievement goals designed to maximize college and career-readiness. For example, schools must adopt a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the “world’s best workforce,” which is exactly what Minnesota needs to become a leader in an increasingly global economy."

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badcopperSep. 13, 13 4:50 PM

Wow, wrtten by a teacher and someone from Minnesota Minority Education Partnership. No personal interests involved there, are there? More unneeded spending on big ed the better off they will be.

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mgvetterSep. 13, 13 8:12 PM

It's always interesting to watch the thumbs up and thumbs down counts whenever anything to do with education comes up on these pages. I can always see that Education Minnesota is well represented. Anytime that more money for education is written about regardless of accountability the thumbs up are three to one over the thumbs down. Whenever accountability and consequences for poor performance or modification of the tenure system is mentioned the opposite is true. The DFL is owned by Education Minnesota and that is why the pipeline is flowing from the legislature to Education Minnesota again. One party rule is never good it's just a lot more expensive to the taxpayer when the one party is the DFL.

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