Legislative Leadership Needed

I want to thank Rep. Cox for responding to my letter. However, I wish he had let voters know in his campaign literature that he believes little can be done to improve the funding situation for Minnesota schools, and that he won’t commit to advocate for our schools. He first claims that our health and […]

‘Heavy Weather’ – Where’s the silver lining in the coming session?

The election is long over, and yet Speaker Sviggum and Rep. Cox are intent on continuing their personal attacks toward the DFL and my campaign. Ray in a recent blog claims I didn’t send out flyers. Is it distraction from their inaction? Is it avoidance of the issues, or a distraction from his own indiscretions? […]

Will the real Elmer please stand up?

Thursday evening I participated in a candidate forum at Carleton College, organized by David Holman of the Wellstone House of Organization and Activism. The many attendees were witness to a good discussion from city, county, and school board candidates, and the House 25B candidates, Rep. Ray Cox and myself. Roy Grow was the moderator and […]

Busy Friday

Here I am on the phone with KDHL’s GORDY KOSFELDHe keeps saying I am hard to get a hold of, makes wild on-air APB’s putting the word out on me, but he can’t seem to call the campaign office, fully staffed and I’m in the book, oh well, and between my work at the ALC […]

Northfield Education Association

On Wednesday, the 13th, the Northfield Education Association (NEA) held its annual all-member meeting. Two items were on the agenda, setting the annual budget and endorsements of local candidates. The budget discussion took about 15 minutes, and a plan was put into place to evaluate school board candidates. The final issue was resolving the issue […]

Wise Investments

Last Friday, I attended an education summit sponsored by the Alliance for Student Achievement, which includes Education Minnesota, The Association of Metropolitan School District (AMSD), Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP), Schools for Equity in Education (SEE), Minnesota Association of School Business Officials. I was fortunate to hear Art […]

Get specific! Whaddya gonna do?

At the Long Term Care forum at Three Links a question was “it seems likely that the greatest pressure in the 2005 legislative session will be for increased spending in five areas: transportation; k-12 education; corrections; increasing access to health care for children, low-income and the working poor; and older adult services. Since those five […]

Carleton Activity Fair

The school year has started, and it’s off to an exuberant start. Friday afternoon, I was part of the Carleton Activity Fair in “ALC Lead Teacher” mode, encouraging Carleton students to consider volunteering in our Alternative Program. We have had numerous college students help us with tutoring, mentoring, teaching a mini-class, and I always welcome […]

Education (Part 2)

Since the departure of former Commissioner Yecke, we have not heard much about NCLB, the President’s education act. Although across the country there is a lot of dislike of this unfunded mandate, it is difficult to encourage state legislatures to act against it, most likely because to reject it means loss of federal funds. Outgoing […]
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