Stick to the Facts

Republican antics backfire ! Last Saturday, the Northfield News published an editorial by Doug Jones, Nerstrand, in response to my announcement of my candidacy. Letters to the EditorWeb Posted Saturday, February 28, 2004 Wednesday, the Northfield News printed a correction, and also printed my response to the false statements of fact about my campaign financing.

Education Conversation

On Monday morning, Rep. Mindy Greiling of Roseville (54A) and Rep. Connie Bernardy of Fridley (51B), who are both on the Education Policy and Education Finance committee, came to Northfield to discuss education policy. They were warmly greeted by teachers and students from the Alternative Learning Center and two local Charter Schools. We all are […]

Saturday Town Meetings

Last Saturday, I attended all but one of the town meetings hosted by Rep. Ray Cox and Sen. Tom Neuville. About 40 people gathered in the small Belle Plaine Community Library meeting room to hear updates from the legislators and to ask questions. Healthcare topped the list of constituent concerns in Belle Plaine. Superintendent Lubovich […]

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 […]

Tuesday is Precinct Caucus Night!

Also, mark your calendars, put up a note on your computer screen — Tuesday is caucus night! Remember to attend your precinct caucuses, Tuesday, March 2nd at 7pm. The caucus is the first step in becoming involved in party politics on the state and federal level. You will have the opportunity to vote on your […]

Paul Gruchow May 23, 1947 – February 22, 2004

The wild geese fly over in the hundreds twice a year in western Minnesota and add to the strange haunting beauty of the prairie. I spent my first two years as a public school teacher in Milan, Minnesota, a railroad stop on the westward expansion. I remember those crisp fall mornings driving down the long […]

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 […]

FBI special agent Coleen Rowley on the Patriot Act

Sunday afternoon in Wabasha, The River Cities Alliance for Peace invited FBI special agent Coleen Rowley to speak about the Patriot Act at the Wabasha Mittel Schole. She focused her comments on a paper she had written last May, seeking “a better balance between our protection from further acts of terroroism and our Constitutional rights […]

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 […]