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. 

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



Charles Edward Miller

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

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Tony Webster

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



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

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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

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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


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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

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Gage Skidmore

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

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

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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

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USAF / Saphfire Cook

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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