Minnesota poised to get major federal education grant

  • Article by: EMILY JOHNS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2009 - 9:44 PM

Experts say the state's history of innovation in education give it a competitive edge in the race for a slice of the $4.35 billion stimulus pie.

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jmskoNov. 8, 09 9:05 PM

Joke

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kleindropperNov. 8, 09 9:09 PM

Wherever Obama has cronies and buddies whose pockets he needs to line with our tax dollars.

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katnincNov. 8, 09 9:17 PM

Think I'm interested in grovelling? You forget - its my money in the first place - this will play well with your usual gang of Jonestown "believers" - not me.

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nicolas_jorge_staberNov. 8, 09 9:36 PM

I spoke with two educational consultants who ensure that schools are keeping up with the "No Child Left Behind" when I was in Charlotte Doulgas Airport. They told me there would be a revolution if the average American knew how poor and in shambles the system is. I can't wait until I can move to Germany in four months. Minnesota doesn't want your Obama bucks.

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cooper1974Nov. 8, 09 9:44 PM

How fast we forget that the Bush cronies made off like bandits during his 8 pathetic years in office. The Iraq war was a boom for Bush supporters. Halliburton, ring a bell?

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mhrichardson99Nov. 8, 09 9:54 PM

What better place to put stimulus money than trying to find the most efficacious way to close the achievement gap and get all of our kids the best education possible to become productive members of of society. It amazes me how many people scream about welfare and free handouts but don't see the correlation with education. So, whiners, what do you propose to close the education gap? Anyone, anyone?

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lonederangerNov. 8, 09 9:59 PM

Geez, this is just like going to church! Yeah, let's throw more money at it. And keep throwing more and more money at it. The goal is to stuff info into all those empty little heads... or is it? Why does that take cubic wheelbarrowfuls of money?

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buoyaraeNov. 8, 0910:00 PM

Why is it so hard for people to comment on the article at hand? People have always got to bring it back to "us and them," "conservative or liberal." That is not the point of this article! While I am thankful for any additional funds for education in Minnesota, I have some concerns. First, I understand the idea that we "reward" states who have tangible plans and methods for improving and promoting education and innovation in their states, however instead of continuing to allocate funds to those states who already ahead why not focus more time and money on states who are well behind and need to "catch up?" There are states that are much worse off than Minnesota in terms of education and standards, and I feel like we should focus on those states in order to level the playing field. We want ALL members of society to be educated and have a bright future, not just a select few. Which brings me to my next concern: Education in this country is failing across the nation, yet only an estimated 10 - 15 states will receive additional grants. There is no reason why Americans should have to "compete" for money for education. It is a basic need that all members of society should have met. Finally, instead of each state drafting up their ideas for promoting school innovation, and then awarding those with the best ideas, we need to come together and share ideas in order to improve the system as a whole. No state, city, school, or student left behind.

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hdsteareNov. 8, 0910:08 PM

Federal government has no authority to give taxpayer money to any state for education. Besides, if you look back to the example of Kansas City public schools in 1985, outrageous sums of money were authorized by a judge to improve performance and attendance. None of it worked. And it won't work again, and again and again. Read the story: http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298.html Then ask yourself if the "stimulus money" is really going to be effective or if the only thing it stimulates is the saliva production of nanny state liberals who don't understand that when they spend this kind of money they violate their oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

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mrzingerNov. 8, 0910:18 PM

This has absolutely nothing to do with stimulating the economy.

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