Vergara overturned, but teacher tenure conversation changed forever
Heather Kays | April 15, 2016
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
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
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
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 […]
Nanny State of the Week: Minnesota men facing felony charges for selling beer
Nanny State of the Week: Minnesota men facing felony charges for selling beer
Eric Boehm | February 15, 2016
Long after Prohibition has ended, Minnesota might send two men to jail for selling beer.
Nanny State of the Week: Town inspection checks whether you cleaned your toilet
Nanny State of the Week: Town inspection checks whether you cleaned your toilet
Eric Boehm | February 08, 2016
A Minnesota town wants to make sure their residents are keeping a tidy home. Those who don’t submit to mandatory home inspections are being taken to court.
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 17
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 17
Tom Steward | December 29, 2015
“I said no, I said I’m done, and I love teaching,” said Kirstin Rogers, who gave up on her application upon moving from Utah and joined a lawsuit against the state board.
City considers law preventing most residents from renting their homes
City considers law preventing most residents from renting their homes
Tom Steward | December 25, 2015
“If you and I were next door neighbors, and you already had your house rented out, I’m screwed,” said Burnell Beermann, a 76 year old homeowner who opposes the ordinance. “That’s the thing, it ain’t right. If they’ve got concerns with behavior, they should address the behavior.”
74-year-old home-care worker challenges signature on union card; gets refund
74-year-old home-care worker challenges signature on union card; gets refund
Tom Steward | December 18, 2015
“He sent me a copy of what I supposedly signed, and it doesn’t look anything like my signature at all,” Johansen said. “I’m left-handed, the letters are all formed differently. So they didn’t have my signature. Somebody else just signed my name to it.”
School vouchers mean equal opportunity in Minnesota
Amelia Hamilton | December 14, 2015
School vouchers can be a means to provide equal opportunity in a state with the worst economic disparity between white and minority citizens, Andy Brehm, a senior fellow at the Center for the American Experiment, writes in the Minnesota Post. In Minnesota, 85 percent of white students graduate from high school on time, while only 49 percent of [...]