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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. 

Playing on people’s fears has become a feature of our current political landscape. Read more

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The Minnesota State Capitol

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How an unlikely coalition wants to fix the state’s public schools, but could end up dooming them. Read more

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The presidential aspirant is facing scrutiny amid growing public concern about disparities within the criminal justice system—including the plight of those who may have been wrongfully convicted. Read more

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Mary Linder

At schools that were meant to foster self-paced learning in the natural world, the billionaires behind Facebook and Amazon are funding new data-seeking tech. Read more

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Jimmy Emerson

One rural county in Minnesota may be second locale in the entire country to publicly reject refugee resettlement. Read more

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Chris Kalbfleisch

Rarely do we see our public schools for what they often are: a place of refuge and consistency for our most vulnerable kids. Read more

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Jennifer D. Cogswell

At a Pittsburgh education forum, seven candidates were forced to take a stand on charter schools. Read more

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State Republicans want new tax breaks, not a strong university system. Read more

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Recent headlines have been poking holes in any feelings of joy or gratitude I’ve had regarding the upcoming holiday. Read more

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Gage Skidmore

The notoriously conservative, right-to-work state has proven to be fertile ground for market-based education reform policies—and teacher discontent. Read more

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Tim Kiser

Are the many successful local school funding requests a harbinger of change in 2020? Read more

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Charles Edward Miller

One party is selfish; the other is only interested in educating kids. Can you guess which is which? Read more

Public School Shakedown

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One Midwestern town finds itself in a race war stoked by the gentry to preserve their own wealth. But there is a glimmer of hope here, too. Read more

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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

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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

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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

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

Public School Shakedown

Playing on people’s fears has become a feature of our current political landscape. Read more

Dispatches

The Minnesota State Capitol

Photo by FaceMePLS, courtesy of Flickr.

How an unlikely coalition wants to fix the state’s public schools, but could end up dooming them. Read more

Public School Shakedown 2 Comments