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Dan Hintz

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St.. Paul, MN
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6 years 33 weeks

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Posted on 04/02/14 at 12:38 pm in response to Southwest Light Rail: It is not an equity train

Don't build the train in my fancy neighborhood. Build it by the poor people.

Posted on 04/01/14 at 04:37 pm in response to Outlook is bleak for student-teacher bill, more early-ed aid

Of course no one objects to the idea that student teachers should be placed with effective teachers. The problem is how you determine whether teachers are effective or not. And the answer, according to the right-wing billionaire-backed MinnCan, is student test scores. This is just another means to jack up the stakes in the high-stakes, but often arbitrary and unfair, test score-based teacher evaluations these groups want.

I want kids to have effective teachers. I don't want the...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Outlook is bleak for student-teacher bill, more early-ed aid

Someone used a straw man argument here, except that person was you, Lynell.

At no point in my comment did I say that Minnesota evaluations were based solely on test scores. Please go back and read what I wrote - its still there. What I said was that it was the agenda of groups like Wal-Mart-backed Minncan to use student test scores to evaluate teachers. You have misrepresented my argument, and then responded to that misrepresentation. That is the definition of a straw man argument...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 02:04 pm in response to Outlook is bleak for student-teacher bill, more early-ed aid

1. I understand that testing is only going to be part of the evaluation process. Lynell misrepresented my comment to imply I thought otherwise in making her strawman argument.

2. Your parent organization, 50Can, has pushed for arbitrary and unfair tests that in some places count for far more than 35 percent, and have led to disasterous outcomes. Its only part of the evaluation here because people have stood up to your agenda.

3. I think you could actually be a lot more...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 12:40 pm in response to Outlook is bleak for student-teacher bill, more early-ed aid

There is no conspiracy involved here. We actually know who is funding these groups. And the irony is that it is the same people that are funding the Tea Party types you refer to. The same people who are arguing "over and over again that Obamacare is going to destroy America and healthcare" are the ones who are pushing the MinnCan corporate education reform agenda. The arguments put forth by groups like MinnCan are no more honest than those put out by the Tea Party groups.

You've...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 12:54 pm in response to Outlook is bleak for student-teacher bill, more early-ed aid

The problem is that the definition of "effective" and "ineffective" teachers is based on those test scores. The reality, though, is that those scores are a poor measure of teacher effectiveness. Given the sample sizes and other variables involved, that data - as it applies to teacher effectiveness - that data is pretty close to worthless.

The difference between us is that I want to either improve or eliminate ineffective teachers. What you want to do is randomly eliminate some...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 03:53 pm in response to Outlook is bleak for student-teacher bill, more early-ed aid

I don't think senority is the only way to measure teachers. I think principals, teachers, parents and students all can determine if teachers are ineffective - much more so than student testing, which is totally arbitrary. And data can be trusted if used correctly, but in this context it has been badly misused.

Posted on 04/03/14 at 04:17 pm in response to Outlook is bleak for student-teacher bill, more early-ed aid

Anybody who is open to the possibility that MinnCan is not funded by right-wing billionaires is either lying or delusional. Right there on the MinnCan funders page you linked to is the the Walton Foundation. That's the Wal-Mart heirs. And is it 4 percent of funding from out-of-state, or 4 percent of funders? Until you come up with a list of how much is given by each group, your arguments can't be taken seriously.

Maybe it is unfair to blame MinnCan for 50Can's work, but it is...

Posted on 03/27/14 at 02:45 pm in response to Tearful mothers take issue with Gov. Dayton over medical marijuana

Law enforcement will never compromise on this because they have a vested financial interest in drug prohibition. If marijuana is made legal - even just for medical use - they will see a decrease in revenue from drug forfeitures. This has nothing to do with public safety - its just about cash.

There is a bill in the legislature right now that limits drug forfeitures - law enforcement keeping cash and belongings used in drug crimes - to cases where the defendant is actually found...

Posted on 03/26/14 at 02:48 pm in response to Conservative group hits the airwaves against Franken

The lack of a "real press" in this case pertains to wherever you get your information, Mr. Tester. Because you are the one who is misinformed. I expect that Franken's response will be the truth - that it wasn't just conservative groups targeted, but liberal groups as well.