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Dan Hintz

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St.. Paul, MN
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Posted on 06/24/14 at 01:30 pm in response to Asking Minneapolis Public Schools: What are we worth?

If the question is whether we are spending enough money to ensure the success of African American males, the answer is no, we aren't. But that isn't the real goal of the writer and his group - for them, its about busting unions, imposing corporate education "reform" and more high stakes testing. If we are looking for more money to allocate here, I would start with the money being paid to testing companies like Pearson that are funding this astroturfing effort.

I think you are confused, Dennis. PPP was actually the most accurate pollster the last time around.

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-accurate-polls-of-2012-election-obam...

Posted on 06/18/14 at 10:42 am in response to In Minnesota schools, is teacher tenure really the problem?

Glad to see you interviewed someone with teacher training and (15+ years of) teaching experience to counter Mike Ciresi and his zero years of teacher training and experience. Why is it that simply being wealthy now qualifies someone as an education expert?

Posted on 06/16/14 at 10:09 am in response to Could California's teacher-tenure lawsuit come to Minnesota?

I would say the amount of respect due Ciresi for this dishonest tripe is pretty close to zero. He's throwing around the number 55 percent, when the actual number is 1 to 3 percent, and that number was made up.

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I can't believe I am agreeing with Swift, but he's right and you are wrong. Dawkins' statements went far beyond simply being a witness to her good. He attempted to justify her actions (murder and bank robbery) as a product of a difficult era. Google is your friend.

Not that anyone cares about a guy running as a Green, but Dawkins is extremely unqualified to be Attorney General.

Posted on 05/30/14 at 10:27 am in response to Edward Snowden interview: He seemed calm, articulate and reasonable

Did anyone ask him about helping Putin whitewash Russia's actions in the Ukraine? That is where Snowden lost me for good.

Posted on 05/27/14 at 01:40 pm in response to Kicked out of school: Disparities are a looming crisis for all districts

Can we get a breakdown of the reasons for the suspensions and expulsions? Can you define disruptive and disorderly conduct? At my child's St. Paul public school, the suspensions and expulsions usually involve violence. This isn't about kids talking in class. This is about kids doing physical harm to other kids and to teachers and school employees.

Posted on 05/27/14 at 03:55 pm in response to Kicked out of school: Disparities are a looming crisis for all districts

Harvest Prep and other charter schools don't have to deal with the kind of kids that get suspended and expelled because their parents don't make the effort to send their kids to charters. Charters can (and do) get rid of problem kids without having them show up in suspension/expulsion statistics. The Harvest Prep policy has nothing whatsoever to do with that school's "success."

Posted on 05/27/14 at 11:22 pm in response to Kicked out of school: Disparities are a looming crisis for all districts

Its funny that you use the term "counseled out" because that is exactly how places like Harvest Prep cull their trouble students without official expulsions (and not because of their policy). And you know very well thay mainline schools have far less lattitude than charters to remove students without expulsions. The real difference is that mainline schools (who, unlike charters, can't hire convicted felons as principals) actually have oversight over how and why students leave.

Posted on 05/28/14 at 11:46 am in response to Kicked out of school: Disparities are a looming crisis for all districts

Harvest Prep is run by a convicted felon who pays himself and his wife ridiculous salaries. I don't give any credibility to what someone with a fraud conviction thinks is happening.

The fact remains that charters like Harvest Prep don't get the worst students because students have to elect to enroll in charters. Harvest Prep and its ilk also "counsel out" students who cause trouble without expelling them.

Its a nice policy, but the fact that you (and anyone else) thinks...