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Sarah Lahm

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Sarah Lahm is a Minneapolis-based writer and researcher. Her work has appeared in outlets such as The Progressive, where she writes the Midwest Dispatch column and contributes pieces to the Public School Shakedown site. Previously, she taught composition and literature courses to college students before pausing to travel the back roads of Minnesota in a restored 1969 International school bus. 

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Shiny Things

While it can’t undo all the harm charters have done, the new law throws public education advocates a lifeline. Read more

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The President’s upcoming visit to Minneapolis is being framed as something of a grudge match with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. But that’s just one element of the racial dynamics surrounding this tour stop. Read more

Dispatches

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It could be tough on those who have walked off the job and away from a regular paycheck. But it could be great for the country. Read more

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The union is still fighting to restore the damage caused by a decade of austerity measures, layoffs, and budget cuts. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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Around the country, schools desperate to free up funds are outsourcing their bussing services—and dealing a blow to students and workers alike. Read more

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Isabel Marshall

Skyrocketing insurance costs generated a national wave of teacher strikes last year. Now, Minnesota educators head into a new school year ready to fight for affordable health care. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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The problem is exacerbated by the number of racially segregated charter schools in the state. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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Gage Skidmore

Trump has proposed to slash funding for public education in his 2020 budget. In courts across the country, however, public schools are holding up in lawsuits brought by pro-charter interests. Read more

Public School Shakedown

The second-largest teachers union in America is building on labors momentum with a new nationwide campaign. Read more

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Ben Garvin

What happens when public education becomes a marketplace? Read more

Magazine

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Ted Eytan

With a spotlight on the U.S. city with the highest concentration of charters, lawmakers have leverage to take on the famously pro-privatization Secretary of Education. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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Gage Skidmore

Teachers unions are poised to strike across the country. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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A shift away from the charter school approach is on the horizon in Minnesota’s largest city. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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Governor Mark Dayton

Amidst a wave of teacher strikes and union-government showdowns, Minnesota’s progressive leader tries a different tack. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal. Read more

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The Schott Foundation is offering a seismic shift in how policy makers, philanthropists and the general public can create better schools. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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Sarah Lahm

In 1946, St. Paul’s teachers union was the first in U.S. history to go on strike. More than 70 years later, they face similar problems—and are preparing to walk out once more. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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Ted Eytan

Before she was pushed to the ground and handcuffed, one teacher dared to stand up (twice) at a school board meeting and ask how it could justify a $38,000 superintendent salary raise. She’s just the beginning. Read more

Public School Shakedown

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Lyndale Community School has been a “a very special home" to Somali students for decades. Now it could go the way of integrated public schools around the country. Read more

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New federal education policy encourages states like Minnesota to punish those in K-12 and higher education who want to resist high-stakes standardized testing. Read more

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