State test results tossed over cheating

Might need a new set of role models. Josh Verges of the PiPress writes, “Schools in St. Paul and Cannon Falls threw out dozens of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results this spring because of cheating by teachers assigned to monitor the standardized tests, according to state Department of Education reports. At St. Paul’s Linwood Monroe Elementary, the department found, 21 seventh-graders had their math scores invalidated after the exam proctor gave students ‘direct prompting and direction on test items while they took the test.’” Come on! He/she was merely enhancing their self-esteem.

This life of crime is off to an early start. FoxNews reports, “Authorities in Minnesota reportedly arrested a 12-year-old boy early Wednesday in connection with a deadly drug-related ambush last month in a park in Omaha, Neb. The boy, along with two other boys — Jamar Milton, 17, and Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15 — allegedly planned to rob two men they lured to Miller Park on June 29 on the premise they wanted to do a marijuana deal, a Douglas County prosecutor told the Omaha World-Herald.”

Forbes has a list of the usual suspects. The PiPress writes, “Six Minnesota families made Forbes Magazine’s list of the nation’s wealthiest. The Cargill-MacMillan clan’s collective net worth of $45 billion earned them the state’s highest ranking at No. 4. The Pohlad family, whose ownership of the Minnesota Twins baseball team is rounded out by banking and real estate interests, also cracked the top 100 at No. 75 with $3.8 billion. … — the Dayton family, which founded Target, is worth $1.6 billion and landed at No. 157.” None of the families currently reside in South Dakota.

“Yes means yes” will have to wait. Says Stribber Maura Lerner, “President Eric Kaler has agreed to postpone a new sexual-assault prevention policy at the University of Minnesota to give members of the Board of Regents time to debate it. The policy would subject students to disciplinary action for having sex unless both parties give what’s known as ‘affirmative consent.’”

Rep. John Kline got straight party line support for NCLB revamp. In the Strib, Allison Sherry says, “Rep. John Kline’s enormous No Child Left Behind overhaul finally passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday — without garnering a single Democratic vote.  … To emerge successful Wednesday, the chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee had to accept a couple of amendments — including one championed by the Heritage Foundation — that made the bill more conservative. This same Tea Party crowd threatened to reject the measure a few months ago, mostly on the grounds that they didn’t want the federal government messing with education.” It gets messy, doing the people’s work.

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A day he won’t forget. Says Paul Walsh, also in the Strib, “A teenager was pinned ‘for many hours’ and ‘nearly unconscious’ for a time as rushing waters pinned his leg between his damaged canoe and rocks after he and two others descended a 25- to 30-foot waterfall near the Minnesota-Canadian border, authorities said Wednesday. … It was the pure force of the cascading waters that pressed the mangled canoe against the boy’s leg, pinning the limb on the rocks … .”

Another residential tower for St. Anthony Main. Evan Ramstad of the Strib says, “Minneapolis-based developer Alatus has closed on the $2 million purchase of land at the corner of Central Ave. and 2nd St. SE, just across the river from downtown Minneapolis, where it plans to build a residential tower with a restaurant and retail at street level. The firm has presented plans to city officials for a 40-story tower with 325 units, though no final decision has been made on its size, type or when it will begin construction. Alatus has also contemplated a smaller tower of 25 to 30 stories.”

Gawker Media’s io9 takes an interest in our brain-eating amoeba. Says Robbie Gonzalez, “It is not yet clear whether instances of N. fowleri infection are increasing; according to epidemiologist Jonathan Yoder, who tracks N. fowleri for the Centers for Disease Control’s division of parasitic diseases, data on the parasite do not indicate infections are becoming more common. They do, however, suggest the amoeba is moving farther north, and that, as the planet warms, N. fowleri could continue to expand its geographic range.”

Meanwhile, Amy Chaffins of the Grand Forks Herald says, “The family of an Alexandria teen says he is fighting for his life after contracting a rare and severe brain infection while swimming in a Minnesota lake. Hunter Boutain, 14, was in critical condition Wednesday at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. … It hasn’t been reported where in Lake Minnewaska he was swimming, but public beaches in the cities of Glenwood and Starbuck were closed briefly Tuesday night while officials gathered more information. The beaches are now open.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/09/2015 - 08:56 am.

    “None of the families currently reside in South Dakota”

    But their money does.

  2. Submitted by Tom Lynch on 07/09/2015 - 07:49 pm.

    Neither does he

    I’m guessing.

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