State Level - Minnesota


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Pending and Current Legislation and Rulings

        Nanny State on the March (3/22/09)
        2010-2011 Budget Reduction Recommendations (2/25/09)
        2009 EdWatch Education Policy and Budget Priorities (2/11/09)
        2008 Minnesota Session Education Wrap-Up (6/10/08)
        MN Senate: Get MN out of NCLB (12/13/07)
        MN Session Report, Part III: IB & Others (6/18/07)
        MN Session Report, Part II: Psychological Screening (6/06/07)
        MN Session Report, Part I: The Good & The Bad (6/04/07)
        Capitol Report: The Day After (5/22/07)
        Follow the Money on TeenScreen (5/08/07)
        House Roll Call Votes (5/03/07)
        Freedom & Family Lobby Day a Success (4/27/07)
        Groups Urge Legislators to Oppose Education Bill (4/18/07)
        Minnesota Battles Mental Screening (4/18/07)
        HIDING TEENSCREEN: Where's Waldo (4/16/07)
        Roll Call Votes on TeenScreen (4/16/07)
        Comprehensive Sex Ed Violates Our Children (4/05/07)
        EdWatch President Speaks Out! (4/02/07)
        Planned Chaos at the St. Paul Capitol (3/30/07)
        MN House Democrats Spurn Parental Rights (3/28/07)
        Comp Sex Ed Testimony (3/13/07)
        Four Objections to Comp Sex Ed (3/12/07)
        TeenScreen Distortions Perpetuated in House Hearing (3/06/07)
        Terrorism as taught by International Baccalaureate (2/19/07)
        Infant Mental Screening in Minnesota (2/13/07)
        Texas Goverrnor orders STD vaccine for All girls (2/03/07)

Academic Standards

        BEWARE-the Delphi Technique!
        New Minnesota Math Standards: Public Comment
        "The Seamless Web" by Allen Quist
         2004 Minnesota State Science Standards
         Change in the Right Direction
         New Standards: Improvement Over the Profile But Still Flawed
        Closing MN's 2004 Legislative Session
         Assault on America Continued - A Response to Erich Martel - "Why the Maple River Coalition is Wrong"
        Minnesota Legislative Report
        Education Elite Wrote Kelley's Standards
        Get The Scoop: Who Wrote the Kelley Social Studies Standards
        The Kelley Social Studies Standards
        "National Expert" Erich Martel Reviews Social Studies Standards
        Drafts "Appear From Nowhere" in the Senate
        House Gives up Ground on SS Standards - See Roll Call Vote
        Testimony Against the Senate-Posted Alternative Social Studies - by Michael J. Chapman
        Testimony Against the Senate-Posted Alternative Social Studies Standards - by Julie Quist
        Photos - Rally Day!
        Substantive changes made in the "third draft" of the proposed Social Studies Standards
        EdWatch Urges Senate to Confirm Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke
        Zogby poll: Teach scientific controversy of evolution - Republicans and Democrats agree
        DFL leaders attack Commissioner Yecke over the standards
        Zogby Poll Shows MN's Support Teach Scientific Evidence Against Evolution
        Committee Hearing on the "Third Draft" of the Social Studies Standards
        Follow-up on the "Third Draft" Alert
        The facts, ma'am, just the facts... by Charles Lewis
        Social Studies Testimony by Michael J. Chapman
        Science Testimony by Dr. Karen Effrem
        The Minnesota Senate hearings: Social Studies
        Opportunity to Improve Teaching of Evolution and Avoid Extremes Should Not Be Missed
        Professors Support Academic Standards for History and Social Studies - Pt 2
        Professors Support Academic Standards for History and Social Studies
        Senate & House Hearings on Proposed Standards
        'No Child Left Behind' meets resistance
        Standards are foundation for building knowledge
        Plymouth Day of Mourning; Yecke & Kelley on MPR; Historians Not the Sole Keepers of our Nation's Past
        EdWatch Issues Cautious Praise for Final Academic Standards
        Is The Curriculum Biased? A Statement of the National Association of Scholars
        Haunted by Profile's ghost
        Teaching American Values
        Commissioner Yecke, tear down this wall (of ignorance)!
        Critics would teach about an oppressive America
        EdWatch Calls for Academic and Balanced Science Standards
        Comments on Draft Science Standards by Karen R. Effrem, M.D.
        Public Opposes Anti-American Academic Standards
        Come to the Review of Draft Standards
        Hearings on New Academic Standards
        This and more from the Apple Valley standards hearing...
        EdWatch's Academic Standards Website
        Education Cartel Weighs in on New Standards
        The Public Hearings Begin
        Critique of "Minnesota Draft Science Standards" by Ross Olson, MD
        View Academic Standards and give comments online
        Come July 31st
        Securing the Unalienable Rights vs. Promoting the Common Good.
        Critique of Virginia Standards for Civics, Economics, History, and Geography
        Priority! Minnesota Academic Standards
        Academic Standards and The Federal Curriculum

Assessments, Testing, and the NAEP

        Minnesota: Know Your Rights (8/17/06)
        Say no to MSS
        MN House Education Hearing on Math Assessments
        Two Views of Education: "Education Summit" and EdWatch
        "New SAT" Presents Troubling Scenario
        View the 2004 MN Student Survey - Primary Level
        Parental Consent Requested for 2004 Minnesota Student Survey
        What You Should Know About the Stanford 9
        The "New" SAT and the Movement Toward a National Curriculum
        NAEP Results Confirm Minnesota's Compliance with National "Fuzzy Math" Standards
        Example of what the NAEP defines as "achieving" in U.S. History
        Parental Involvement in Education
        Capitol Lobby Day Huge Success
        NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: WHAT IS IT?
        Public Has A Right To Know 11th Grade Math Results
        Students Assessed for Bias
        Do You Support? An Instrusive 10th Grade History Assignment
        SAMPLE PARENTAL INFORMED CONSENT NOTICE
        Perverting the SAT
        Teaching to the Test
        Glossary of Testing Terms
        The design and purpose of the NAEP
        No parental access allowed to the test or its results
        Why we can't show you our samples of the NAEP
        Exam is Forced Mental Intrusion
        Testing and Data Collection

Archived Assessment Material:

        Saying NO to the MCAs
        Report on "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB)
        What state tests are required?
        2003 MCA Testing Schedule - Be prepared to take your kids out. (pdf file)
        MCAs: Profile Testing Trouble
        The lie behind the MCAs

Baby Ed and Early Childhood

        03/31/09: Case Against Preschool (pdf)
        03/22/09: Nanny State on the March
        02/09/09: State Power Grab Over Private Preschool
        01/28/09: Action on Radical Early Childhood Bills -- SF 72, HF 40, HF 246
        03/19/08: Evidence of Harm (pdf) 
        09/19/07: Their Minds Are In Our Hands (2001 Brochure)
        06/04/07: MN Session Report, Part I: The Good & The Bad Ed
        05/31/07: NAEYC Homosexual Advocacy to National/Baby Ed
        02/09/07: All Day Kindergarten Failing as Education Reform
        02/07/07: Bad Data Justifies Nanny State Expansion
        09/12/06: Early Childhood Standards of Concern
        09/12/06: Critique of Art Rolnick proposals
        09/10/06: Gov Candidates Early Childhood
        09/09/06: Know Your Rights on Preschool Screening
        05/04/06: Early Childhood/IB updates and more...
        04/04/06: Report from the Capitol
        03/27/06: Profile of Learning for Preschoolers
        03/24/06: House Testimony against the Governor's Early Childhood bill, HF 3623
        03/23/06: Nanny State Assault Continues
        03/21/06: testimony by April Selenskikh
        03/20/06: Mn Nanny State Assault Returns
        11/16/05: Controversy over 2005 Mental Health Screening
        11/03/05: False Data in Ready4K Baby Ed Agenda
        07/21/05: Minnesota Nanny State Tidal Wave Held Back
        06/09/05: No Child Left Behind for Minnesota
        Screening the Mental Health of Toddlers (5/11/05)
        MN Education conference Comittee Begins on HF872 -- the omnibus education bill (5/11/05)
        Post-democratic government inserted in MN education  4/29/05
        Response to Ready4K's Misinformation  4/27/05  (pdf)
        Child Mental Health Screening and Invasive Surveys 4/25/05
        Questions and Answers regarding the Nanny State System 4/25/05
        Dr. Effrem's Senate Testimony on Baby Ed, 2/24/05 (pdf)
        Minnesota Baby Ed Alert (Parts I, II, III)
        Dr. Effrem's Senate Testimony on Baby Ed, 2/24/05 (pdf)
        Alice Seagren responds to misleading campaign using readiness study, 2/6/05
        More on Screening Kids for Mental Health (Article by Dennis Cuddy)
        Kids as Investments
        Commentary on Baby Ed
        Quotes and References from Early Childhood Testimony
        Goal 1 of Goals 2000 Comes to MN legislature
        Baby Ed Hearing
        Early Childhood References
        Brain Development Research
        Big-government-as-parent-myth: The School Readiness "Crisis"

Centralized Workforce System

        "The Seamless Web" by Allen Quist
        HF 3270: Example of What Is Really Meant by Streamlining Government
        Central Planning Slips Into Tax Negotiations in St. Paul
        Marc Tucker's dream of School to Work
        Career Clusters Transform Secondary Schools Into Job Training Centers
        Your license to work: Skills Certificates

Curriculum

        General

        International Baccalaureate Testimony
        "The Seamless Web" by Allen Quist
        Cinton Education Agenda Being Pushed in Minnesota
        Senate Committee Unanimously Passes MN Withdrawal from NCLB
        Transformational Education (pdf)
        "Links Between Research and Reform" by Beth Aune, Asst Ed Commissioner (pdf)
        Comparison of Traditional and Progressive Education Models
        Glossary of Goals 2000 terms
        Gross, Grosser, and Grossest: How Far Have We Sunk in Children's Literature?

        Civics

        American Heritage Act Passes
        Sen. Bachmann's Letter of Congratulations Rejected by Some Graduates
        Is The Curriculum Biased? A Statement of the National Association of Scholars
        A New Alert on the "New Civics" - H.R. 1078
        Who is the CCE Coordinator for your state?
        DC Conference Pushes "New Civics": Who represented Minnesota?
        Securing the Unalienable Rights vs. Promoting the Common Good.
        Traditional v. Radical: Two Competing Worldviews
        Urgent Alert on "The New Civics"
        Beware The New Civics
        DCFL: A Politically Correct Thanksgiving
        Do You Support? An Instrusive 10th Grade History Assignment
        Forcing Diversity Into the Classroom and Parents Out
        Information on the Center Civics Education (CCE)
        Testimony on the American Heritage Act
        Ignorant, But Full of Self-Esteem

        Diversity

        Pawlenty stop homosexual advocacy
        Hate Crimes Legislation and Schools
        S.E.E.D. Report
        DCFL: A Politically Correct Thanksgiving
        Mahtomedi Students Assessed for Bias
        Big Lake Forces Diversity Into the Classroom and Parents Out
        Return to civil debate on Marriage Ammendment

        Environmentalism / Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (DESD)

        When the Monkeys Came Back: Educating Environmentalists
        The Earth Charter
        "Sustainable Development" Defined
        Economic growth is sustainable development
        Comments by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige:
        The UN Proclamation for the DESD
        UN plan for teaching sustainable development: Curriculum Rationale
        UN plan for teaching sustainable development: Across the Curriculum
        UN plan for teaching sustainable development: Curriculum Themes
        UN plan for teaching sustainable development: Teaching and Learning Strategies
        Environmentalists Water Bill Surges in Minnesota

        Health and Sex Ed

        Testimony to the Hopkins School Board: A 14-year old's experience with a "Teen Clinic"  (9/04/08)
        Minneapolis Elementary Schools targeted for Homosexual Indoctrination  (pdf) (4/03/08)
        2007 MN Session Report: Mandated Comprehensive Sex Education (6/18/07)
        Parents Prefer Abstinence Education 2 to 1 (5/03/07)
        Department of Education promotes graphic and offensive sex education curriculum to teachers. (4/12/07)
        Comprehensive Sex Ed Violates Our Children (4/05/07)
        Comp Sex Ed Testimony (3/13/07)
        Four Objections to Comp Sex Ed (3/12/07)
        Gender Benders at Health Conference (2/27/07)
        The Bird & Bees Project: Gay Sex Ed for kids (2/27/07)

        International Education

        2007 MN Session Report: International Baccalaureate (6/18/07)
        The IB Curriculum (3/17/07)
        Terrorism as taught by International Baccalaureate (2/19/07)
        South St. Paul Cut Programs to Fund IB (4/19/06)

        Math

        Parent Involvement in Everyday Math (6/11/07)
        New Minnesota Math Standards: Public Comment
        MN House Education Hearing on Math Assessments
        Handberg Testimony before the Minnesota House Education Policy Committee, January 24, 2005 (pdf)
        Dr. Gray's Testimony before the Minnesota House Education Policy Committee, January 24, 2005 (pdf)
        The Havoc Wrought by Today's "Modern" Math
        Math Scores by Charles Lewis
        From the DC Trenches: Worse Than Our Nightmares
        Math "Reform?" - Part II
        Math "Reform?" - Part I
        EP math curriculum topic of Dec. 2 meeting
        What do MCA Math tests test?
        False Rumors in Minnesota
        Public Has A Right To Know 11th Grade Math Results
        University of Minnesota Professor Speaks Out
        Core Plus Math Dumped in Austin
        Phonics and Math Wars
        Connected Math Doesn't Add Up
        Parents, Are You Ready to Teach Your Kids Arithmetic?
        Parents Testify in Congress About Math Programs
        Lead Wall Street Journal Editorial: Math Wars

        Phonics

        Replacing Phonics With Word Bingo and Politics

        Science

        Impact of Darwin on Education (11/21/07)
        "Science Testimony in the Senate," by Dr. Effrem (01/30/04)
        "Critique of Minnesota Draft Science Standards," by Dr. Ross Olson (09/04/03)

        Social Studies

        Teaching Religion in Public Schools (10/16/07)

Data Collection System

        9/26/02: SAMPLE PARENTAL INFORMED CONSENT NOTICE
        Chapter 13 from The Seamless Web
        Public Collection of Private Data on Students
        Collection of Private Student Data
        The Minnesota Student Survey
        Public and Parental Access

Elections

        S/B Questions (10/11/05)
        Senator Michele Bachmann will run for Congressional Seat in 2006

Mental Health and Special Education

        MN Session Report, Part II: Psychological Screening (6/06/07)
        Follow the Money on TeenScreen (5/08/07)
        Minnesota Battles Mental Screening (4/18/07)
        HIDING TEENSCREEN: Where's Waldo (4/16/07)
        TeenScreen Distortions Perpetuated in House Hearing (3/06/07)
        Infant Mental Screening in Minnesota (2/13/07)
        Minnesota Introduces Legislation to fund TeenScreen (2/09/07)
        Join EdWatch support for North Side families (10/18/06)
        Minnesota: Know Your Rights (8/17/06)
        Using Minorities for MH Research (8/14/06)
        Minnesota secretly screens (4/26/06)
        State Attempts to Gut Parental Rights (3/16/06)
        Dr. Harley Statement  (3/15/06)
        Ethically Challenged Mental Health Screening Bill  (3/13/06)
        Mental Health Screening for Preschoolers (3/09/06)
        Testimony Against Preschool Socioemotional Screening (3/09/06)
        Controversy over 2005 Mental Health Screening (11/16/05)
        Huge Mental Health Victory for MN Families(7/18/05)
        New law: School can't force meds on kids(7/5/05)

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

        MN Senate: Get MN out of NCLB (12/13/07)
        MN Senate Passes NCLB Resolution (1/18/07)

Planned Economy

        "The Seamless Web" by Allen Quist
        Audit Faults Oversight of Career Program Effectiveness
        First-Hand Experience With a Planned Economy
        Alert! Right to Vote Their Consciences
        Tax Free Zones: Twilight of the Free Market
        Alert! Tax Free Twilight Zones
        Workforce Socialism: What Washington and Tallahassee Have in Store Florida Businesses
        Marc Tucker's dream of a planned economy
        Our Governor's Big Plan: Government Control of the Workforce
        Council of Great Lakes Governors
        Minnesota Economic Leadership Team (MELT)
        Biomedical Innovation and Commercialization Initiative (BICI)

Profile of Learning

        "The Seamless Web" by Allen Quist
        Grandstanding about Profile doesn't help
        Session Update
        View photos from Profile Elimination Celebration
        Text of Profile Repeal Bill
        Profile of Learning: Rest in Peace
        Rally to Celebrate the Defeat of the Profile!
        Profile of Learning Repealed!
        Kersten Reviews MN Senate Standards
        DFLers in Senate Pass Profile Clone
        Profile Showdown this Friday!:
        Chamber Backs Profile of Learning:
        Should Minnesota Repeal or Tweak the Profile of Learning?
        More on Senator Kelley's Profile Clone
        Senate File 639: View the "Profile Clone" for Yourself
        Senate Offers Profile Clone
        Same Book, Different Cover? or, "No, Thanks" to a Profile Clone
        House File 2: Bill to Eliminate the Profile of Learning
        Profile Repeal Passes House in Landslide
         Anti-Profile Group Sees Victory Ahead. What Are The Elements of Success?
         Repeal the Profile of Learning Lobby Day at the Capitol
         Brochure: Minnesota's Profile of Learning: What is it?
        Recommendations Minnesota Education Standards
        Private Schools and the Profile of Learning
        Minnesota's Profile of Learning: What is it?
        What Makes Up The Profile of Learning?
        Q & A on Minnesota's Education and Workforce Development
        Profile of Constructing Reality
        U of M Study: The Impact of Minnesota's "Profile of Learning"
        A Teacher's Experience With the Profile of Learning
        Star Tribune: Profile of Learning Brings Graduation Woes
        A Humorous State House Debate About the Elimination of the Profiles of Learning
        A Sample Project From the Profiles of Learning
        Letter to the Editor from the Star Tribune: Profile Gets Failing Grade
        Pro-Profile Senator Loses Party Endorsement
        From a Student: Problematic Profile of Learning
        MN Senate Votes 33-33 to KEEP the Profile
        The Profile Comes Under Attack in the Minnesota Legislature
        No Endorsement Pro-Profile Senator
        So What Were the North Star Standards all About?
        Profile of Learning: The 10 Myths of the Grad Standards
        CFL: "Profile is a federal mandate"

School-to-Work

        Senator Bachmann on School-to-Work
        FACT: “School-to-Work” Is Alive and Well!
        What is "Service Learning," and why should you be concerned about it?
        STW Commentary, Eden Prairie News
        Background Materials
        What is School-To-Work?
        Assigned Carrier Clusters Minnesota

Small Learning Communities

        "Cooperative learning can backfire"
        FedEd in MN Classrooms: Smaller Learning Communities Preparing Workers for a State Planned Economy
        Deadline Looms Mpls. 8th Graders
        Decoding St. Paul's "Education Blueprint"
        8th Grade Careers in St. Paul
        Superintendent Pat Harvey's Small Learning Communities
        Career Clusters
        Small Learning Communities and False Advertising!
        "Small learning communities" and HR1
        Career Tracking in Small learning communities
forced on St. Paul Schools
        Marc Tucker Curriculum

Teaching

        Minnesota's 2005 Teachers' Conference
        View Minnesota's Teacher Licensure Rules
        Outcome-Based Education for Teachers

Important Historic Events and Milestones

        2002: After Shocks of the Precinct Caucuses!
        Capitol Hearing on the Basic Skills
        Renee Doyle's Resignation Letter