Virginia Beach the best for vaping
Virginia Beach the best for vaping
John Crowe | November 15, 2016
Albuquerque. Phoenix. Tucson. Mesa. Virginia Beach. All terrific vacation spots. And also great for vaping. A new report by the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based free-market think tank, ranked 52 cities on their regulatory environment for vaping, with Virginia’s largest city coming out on top with a grade of A+. The three Arizona cities […]
Teacher tenure protected in Minnesota ruling
Amelia Hamilton | October 27, 2016
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of teacher tenure has been dismissed by a Minnesota judge. The lawsuit, filed by four families in conjunction with the Partnership for Educational Justice and Students for Education Reform Minnesota, claimed that teacher tenure laws protect ineffective teachers and deprive low-income and minority students of a high-quality education. “The parent plaintiffs,” said […]
Black Lives Matter leader explains decision to leave movement over charter schools
Amelia Hamilton | September 19, 2016
Rashad Turner, the leader of Black Lives Matter St. Paul, has quit over the movement’s attacks on charter schools. “Being that I am all for charter schools and education reform, and as someone who is seeking educational justice for students and families, I could no longer be under that banner of Black Lives Matter,” he […]
Oral health care workshop hits nerve of dentists and policymakers
Oral health care workshop hits nerve of dentists and policymakers
Bruce Parker | August 11, 2016
States want to expand access to oral health care, but the debate over how to do it is provoking strong reactions from many within the dental community.
Minnesota Board of Teaching held in contempt of court
Amelia Hamilton | July 08, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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 […]