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Fulbright winner will study microfinance in Morocco

Sometimes sheer numbers bury the most essential details.  Take the 800 or so Fulbright scholarships awarded to students in the United States each year, with most Minnesota schools announcing at least one.

Will state leave No Child behind? Don’t bet on it

Will state leave No Child behind? Don’t bet on itOn the face of it, the House version of the current state budget bill calls for Minnesota to opt out of No Child Left Behind, the federal education accountability law.

A ‘troublemaker’ who wants to reform schools

Maybe it’s a little bit hype, the marketing surrounding Chester E. Finn Jr.’s new book, “Troublemaker, A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik.” Then again, looking at what he’s done, maybe not. Read more…

Classroom sex ed a no-brainer for Minnesota parents

Contrary to the views expressed by many “family values” advocates, parents throughout the state strongly support comprehensive sex education in our schools, a new University of Minnesota survey finds.

College students get firsthand lesson in Capitol lobbying

Mike Marcotte stood in a Capitol hallway outside the House floor on a recent weekday morning, craning his neck every time the doors swung open and a legislator emerged. Read more… By Brian Voerding 

Flat Earth’s leap of faith is paying off

When Flat Earth Brewing Co.’s first 22-ounce bottles hit stores almost exactly one year ago, Jeff Williamson and his wife, Cathie, had little idea what to expect.They hoped people would fall immediately for local craft brews, the way they had some s

Soybean groups withhold money from U because of study

While a recent University of Minnesota study on biofuels and global warning was garnering attention across the country, some folks closer to home were fuming about its implications.The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association a