Minnesota Board of Teaching held in contempt of court
Amelia Hamilton | July 08, 2016|   14
Minnesota’s Board of Teaching, an 11-member panel that licenses teachers, has been held in contempt of court for failing to offer an alternative licensing program for out-of-state teachers. “The Court does not take the granting of sanctions lightly and would far have preferred Defendant to simply follow the law,” Ramsey County District Court Judge Shawn M. Bartsh wrote […]
Supreme Court hands property owners a major win in Clean Water Act case
Supreme Court hands property owners a major win in Clean Water Act case
Eric Boehm | May 31, 2016|   148
It was a unanimous win for property rights at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, and another stinging defeat for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Unsung Hero: Kristi Rosenquist tilts at wind farms
Unsung Hero: Kristi Rosenquist tilts at wind farms
Johnny Kampis | May 30, 2016|   64
Part 1 of 1 in the series Unsung Heroes Kristi Rosenquist isn’t one to rest on her laurels. This spring, for instance, she’s battling the wind industry yet again, trying to persuade members of the Minnesota Legislature that the state needs better noise standards for siting wind turbines because those spinning noise-makers are now allowed […]
St. Paul ponders what to do with waiting lists
John Bicknell | May 02, 2016|   0
Hundreds of families in St. Paul, Minnesota, were left on waiting lists after the end of school choice lottery season, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, leading some officials to suggest looking for new ways — including magnet schools — to persuade students to look beyond their first choice. Read the whole story here.
Nanny State of the Week: A state license for breast-feeding advice?
Nanny State of the Week: A state license for breast-feeding advice?
Eric Boehm | April 25, 2016|   237
While some states take a hard look at the cost of occupational license laws, Minnesota might mandate more government-issued permission slips.
Prince’s educational legacy
Amelia Hamilton | April 24, 2016|   3
Among those mourning the death last week of Prince were those in the school choice community whom he inspired. The High School for the Recording Arts in St Paul, Minnesota, released a statement saying that the “history of the charter school is inextricably connected to the artist known as Prince, and his spirit has always permeated through the […]
Vergara overturned, but teacher tenure conversation changed forever
Heather Kays | April 15, 2016|   1
The same week a state appellate court overturned a lower court’s ruling that barred teacher tenure, four families in Minnesota filed a similar lawsuit questioning the fairness of tenure laws and last in-first out policies. “There’s no doubt though that [Vergara v. California] has already changed the conversation,” Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, told […]
Nanny State of the Week: Feds send LSD Ale on a long, strange trip
Nanny State of the Week: Feds send LSD Ale on a long, strange trip
Eric Boehm | April 11, 2016|   134
Minneapolis-based Indeed Brewing is renaming its popular LSD Ale after getting in trouble with the federal government.
Supreme Court weighs property rights against EPA authority
Supreme Court weighs property rights against EPA authority
Eric Boehm | April 07, 2016|   60
For more than 40 years, property owners have had no legal recourse to challenge certain parts of the EPA's Clean Water Act. That could soon change.
Study suggests that school choice reduces criminal activity
Amelia Hamilton | February 19, 2016|   25
A study of Milwaukee’s school choice voucher program has found that students taking advantage of vouchers are less likely to become involved in criminal activity. The study compared students enrolled in Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program to Minneapolis Public School students. The data shows that the longer  students are enrolled in the voucher program, the less likely they are to […]