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A growing number of scientific findings on early brain development and the ability of children to learn more earlier is leading educational and business leaders to push for more state funding to educate 3-and 4-year-old children, particularly from communities with concentrations of poor families. Experts say that at the age of 5 a child’s brain […]

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Gov. Mark Dayton’s revised budget is much improved over his initial budget of January 2013. He dumped the “business-to-business” sales tax that generated a snowstorm of opposition from Edina to Elk River, from Caledonia to Little Falls, and all parts in between. Business-to-business sales taxes hurt a company’s bottom line because in most cases, the […]

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Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed to invest $40 million to expand participation in all-day kindergarten. The funding would be available to schools that offer optional all-day kindergarten free to all students in that district who want to participate. The funding is intended to cover 70 percent of the state funding formula for a full day […]

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Eight dollars to take a photo of a public document? Eight bucks, the district court administrator’s office in Little Falls told a reporter who requested not a copy of the document, but the mere “privilege” of shooting it. That’s a fanciful interpretation of Minnesota data privacy law, which clearly prohibits unreasonable charges for access to […]

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There’s evidence that the education system in Minnesota needs to be examined and strengthened. Improving it is always evolving with the goal of providing the best education possible for all students. The state constitution says a general and uniform system of public schools should be established through taxation or otherwise to secure a thorough and […]

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While Washington has been teetering on the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a new book suggests better ways exist to manage the nation’s affairs. “The Parties Versus the People” by former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards points out that the Founding Fathers were generally opposed to political parties. They felt that factionalism would be the undoing of the […]

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