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Joe Nathan ECM Publishers Columnist Can the Minnesota Business Partnership, which focuses on making the best possible use of existing funds, and Parents United, which urges that more money be spent on Minnesota’s public schools, find things they agree on? Can the African American Leadership Forum, which represents more than a thousand Minnesotans, many deeply [...]

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Joe Nathan ECM Publishers Columnist Here’s good news for Minnesota students, families and taxpayers about closing achievement gaps and improving high school graduation rates. State data shows dramatically better high school graduation rates for students who take at least 240 hours of career technical courses – that’s between two or three courses. These can be [...]

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There were swift, strong and split reactions to two of my recent columns. They are online at http://bit.ly/1iU1Ptq and http://bit.ly/1cZxKVc. More than 20 people responded, via comments online and other ways, from around Minnesota and from Utah to Washington, D.C. Here are several of those comments, with brief reactions from me. Darren Beck, an educator [...]

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Arne Everson Guest Columnist The Cambridge Center for the Arts, serving Cambridge, Isanti County and beyond,endeavors to make the arts available to all people. CCFA is located at 144 E. Second Ave., Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-552-0320. The Gallery is open Tuesday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursday from noon [...]

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As we start a new year, it’s time to ask some tough questions. Over the past year, I have seen more and more examples of education systems that don’t seem to be serving at least some students. Some systems seem to be putting a priority on protecting the way things used to be, above the [...]

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Kyle Fairchild, Cambridge Guest Article We’ve heard a lot about Obamacare in the last few months, most of it negative. I’d like to offer a personal perspective. My mother, Dolly, has been a Cambridge-based health insurance broker for 35 years. A few years ago, I joined her to ‘help out a bit’, primarily with the [...]

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Joe Nathan ECM Publishers Columnist A recent report on national and Minnesota college student debt has some surprising, and potentially useful information for families. The report comes from the Institute for College Access and Success, a national nonprofit group viewed as worthy of notice from organizations such as The New York Times, NBC News, CNN [...]

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