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Columnist Katherine Kersten named to school integration aid panel

Katherine Kersten, a conservative Sunday columnist for the Star Tribune and a Center for the American Experiment Fellow, is one of 12 members on the new state panel that will “evaluate the use of state integration aid for K-12 schools.”
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Katherine Kersten, a conservative Sunday columnist for the Star Tribune and a Center for the American Experiment Fellow, is one of 12 members on the new state panel that will “evaluate the use of state integration aid for K-12 schools.”

Kersten was one of three on the panel named by the Republican-led state House. The state Senate also named three, and six were named by State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

The group will look at the use of the portion of state school funding that goes to school districts to pay for integration efforts. They will make recommendations to the Legislature.

Kersten wrote an opinion piece for the newspaper in September about the Harvest Preparatory School in north Minneapolis that has predominantly black students and has had tremendous success with achievement scores. She’s also written pieces critical of the Muslim-oriented TiZA school in Inver Grove Heights that led to a state investigation and shutdown of the school.

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The task force members are:

Commissioner’s Appointees:

  • Helen Bassett, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale School Board member
  • William Green, professor, Macalester College and former Minneapolis superintendent
  • Myron Orfield, executive director, Institute on Race and Poverty, University of Minnesota
  • Betty McAllister, retired middle school principal, Nobles County Integration Collaborative
  • State DFL Rep. Carlos Mariani of St. Paul
  • Scott A. Thomas, educational equity coordinator for the Rosemont/Apple Valley/Eagan School District

House appointees:

  • Robert A. Erickson, Lakeville School Board member
  • Katherine Kersten, Center for the American Experiment Fellow
  • Peter A. Swanson, attorney, Golden Valley

Senate appointees:

  • The Rev. Robert Battle, senior pastor of Berean Church of God in Christ, St. Paul
  • Arthur Brown, University of Minnesota family development research associate, Minneapolis
  • GOP State Sen. Pam Wolf, representing Spring Lake Park and Blaine.