Education Policy Conversation — Northfield Alternative Learning Center

On Monday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Mindy Greiling and Rep. Connie Bernardy, both on the House Education Policy and Education Finance Committees, will come to the Alternative Learning Center to discuss education policy with interested Northfielders. They will tour the ALC and meet with people working in education and interested in education to […]

MAAP Conference — Feb. 18 – 20, 2004

Have you ever wondered what schools would look like if we started over and designed them without thinking about Thorndike, Skinner, industrialization, and the assembly line? what would schools look like if we could structure them with consideration for variation in student learning and individualizing programs and how the brain worked and students learn? This […]

Charter Schools and Public Schools – Proper Funding is Essential for Success

Representative Cox blogged about a recent Star Tribune article that mentions Northfield’s three Charter Schools, which raised the positive aspects of Charter schools and also concerns that traditional educators have about them. This is especially important in the present mood to under-fund traditional education and the difficulty public schools face, given lack of funding, in […]

Why I am running

I am running for the House of Representatives for District 25B, the seat currently held by Ray Cox. In the last election, he won by 20 votes, 44 in the recount, and that close vote is hardly a mandate. In this election, I will work for a decisive win that shows the commitment of this […]

No Child Left Behind Salon

Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining a Salon discussion at Molly and Bill Woerlin’s house about the ‘No Child Left Behind’ Legislation. It was a wonderful evening talking about a full range of educational topics. Many of the participants had been teachers and professors themselves with many years of experience and their perspective […]

“Where do we go from here?” Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their tired bodies, education and culture for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the alters of God and be […]

Education – What matters…

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. ” -Upton Sinclair I think what bothers me so much about the President’s No Child Left Behind initiative is that it establishes a system for education that is so far removed from the system I envision […]

Seagren, Sykora, Cox Hold Education Listening Session

This past week Bridgewater school hosted an education focused legislative listening session with Rep. Alice Seagren, chair of the House K-12 Education Finance Committee Rep. Barb Sykora , Chair of the House K-12 Education Policy Committee and Rep. Ray Cox of Northfield. The meeting was advertised as chance to comment Governor Pawlenty’s education initiatives, namely […]

Education – What Matters – What works

MAAP Board meeting and SE regional conference As the MAAP newsletter editor, and past president I attended the Board meeting of the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs on October 3rd. Many programs are struggling with the results of the last legislative session and resisting the direction in which the new commissioner is heading us. Some […]
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