“Connecting is Key” – HCI Luncheon

Jim Blaha introduced the Lewis Appledorn Award at the Healthy Community Initiative Luncheon with a tribute to Lewis describing him as a husband, father, grandfather, veteran, businessperson, boss, mentor, friend, and youth asset-builder. The latter being the purpose for the award and the preceding list the prescription of roles a person performs to become one. […]

River Heights and IALA

This past week I visited with some long time education friends. Bill Zimniewicz, of River Heights Charter School, and the gang of four who started IALA. Below, that’s Bill, Dan Daly of Liberty Charter, Wayne Jennings of Designs for Learning and Wally Campbell MAAP STARS founder and then there’s me who took the picture – […]

Education Funding

Rep. Ray Cox is proving that old adage that a little information is a dangerous thing. In a recent blog he shares data from the State Auditor’s School Finance Report. He makes it sound as though things in Minnesota Schools are going along swimmingly except for the fact that across the state there are almost […]

The Teaching of History

Not too long ago I had a conversation with my Uncle Ted about the teaching of History. He wondered why the teaching of History has to change, what is the difference between Social Studies and History and why there is so much disagreement about what ought to be taught. This is a topic others have […]

Rally for Education

5%5/5/’05@5pm. The golden mean? Well almost, on Thursday, May 5th hundreds of supporters gathered in Bridge Square to hear Roger Jenny and the Northfield band play, as well as, several speakers advocate for the position that our Governor and Legislators should agree to a funding increase of 5% for the next two years. This increase […]

Teacher Salaries

I want to offer some clarification on comments that the district has budgeted increases for its employees at 4% and 5% and the suggestion that teachers have seen this level of salary increase in the past 4 to 6 years. It was also suggested that if the district did not follow through on giving this […]

An Ignorant People Cannot Remain a Free People

To quote Michael Ventura, “Sam Adams, like many of our founders, believed democracy would flourish ‘as long as education was extended to the masses.’ An ignorant people cannot remain a free people.” No Child Left Behind the President’s unprecedented education policy remains the focus of much debate across the country. This was no exception at […]

Thousands Rally at Capitol for Education

I stood at the capitol steps with several thousand Minnesota citizens to pursuade the legislature to fairly fund education. It was cold but people were warmed by the passion and outrage of the speakers. Northfield was well represented with the two bus load contingent. I had a good visit with Rep. Patti Fritz from Faribault. […]

Education Rally

Monday, February 28, 2005 at the Minnesota State Capitol make your voice heard in support of public education. Public schools are at risk. Inadequate funding from the Minnesota Legislature is forcing schools throughout the state to lay off staff and cut programs. A STATEWIDE RALLY for PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING organized by the
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