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Robert Gerhart - Osseo Area School Board Director
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Adios y gracias, "Maria". I grew up watching you and the rest of the gang. What an amazing legacy to retire from after 44 years.
Thank you to my friend Rep. Eric Lucero for the following summary of the special session:

A $17.23 billion education spending plan materialized out of a special session. Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) and Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) sponsor the law, which increases spending on K-12 and early learning programs by $525 million over the next two fiscal years.

The bulk of new spending in the law – $346.31 million – is dedicated to a per-pupil formula increase of 2 percent in Fiscal Year 2016 and an additional 2 percent in Fiscal Year 2017 and later. Those additional investments bring per-pupil funding from $5,831 in 2015 to $6,067 by 2017.

The law includes more than $95 million in additional funding for several existing pre-kindergarten and early learning programs that target children from low-income families. Those pre-K initiatives receiving a boost include:
• $48.3 million increase to the Early Learning Scholarship program;
• $30.8 million increase to School Readiness program;
• $10 million increase for Head Start;
• $3.5 million increase for Parent Aware, the state’s recently developed rating system for participating early learning child care providers;
• $2.8 million increase for Early Childhood and Family Education programs; and
• $200,000 increase for a parent-child home visiting program.

Courtesy of Eric Lucero (R) 30B - Minnesota House of Representatives
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
First, the USDA claimed that "ketchup" was a vegetable. Now Michelle Obama is replacing what little meat is left in school lunches with... yogurt. And only Chobani brand yogurt. Nothing suspicious about that, is there?

Chobani’s fast-track to school cafeterias across the U.S. – with a contract awarded faster than other companies have even gained approval for their products – raises the same question Green Mosters! blogger Kristina Pepelko first raised in 2013: is the National School Lunch Program and the tightened restrictions on school food truly designed to produce healthier students, or are special interest lobbyists driving menu recommendations from Washington, D.C.?
WASHINGTON, D.C. – New York yogurt manufacturer Chobani just landed a massive U.S. Department of Agriculture contract for school lunches after years of lobbying lawmakers and President Obama on its products. The upstate-New York Greek yogurt maker will be distributing its products to schools natio…
Good things to keep in mind. Not just for our students, but for some of the adults leading them as well.
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What would you rather pay for: teacher training, or measurable improvement in students' grades?
D279 participates in Q Comp, which was meant to reward teachers for student performance, but in reality gets paid out for simply signing in for a minimum amount of training.
The idea was incentives for quality, but no significant data exist to validate the program and its funding. 
It's not just St. Paul who is paying through the nose for Pacific Education Group's hateful and racist propaganda, and losing students in part because of it. Osseo is following the same sad path.

"Over the past four years, as PEG has cast its influence in St. Paul, the number of students living in the district but attending non-district schools, has increased from about 9,000 to 12,000, according to Joe Nathan, executive director of the Minneapolis-based Center for School Change."
EAG News reports: ST. PAUL, Minn. – Have the taxpayers of St. Paul spent nearly $3 million over the past five years to bring chaos and danger to their schools and students? Apparently so. In 2010, ...
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MN has laws similar to CA, where teachers don't have to be union members, but they are still forced to pay a "fair share" fee equal to about 85% of what full union dues are, and they have absolutely no say in what the union does with that money. The outcome of this case could change the face of education in MN, and finally loosen the stranglehold that unions have upon our children's education to return more control to parents and the school boards they elect to represent them.
Whippersnappers! What about cutting a second notch in a 5.25" floppy so you could use the other side (and get ANOTHER 360kb of storage)?
A shocking amount of school money and attention regarding student achievement is directed based on students who receive free and reduced lunches. While there is definitely a correlation, there is no clear causation, and the FRL program is an "honor system" with little auditing to root out fraud. I am actively working to make sure that funding for improved student achievement is directed based on student achievement data rather than some other numbers that just happen to align by chance. As the linked site shows, there are lots of stats out there that show correlations between all sorts of crazy, unrelated things. Our kids' education should not be decided on bogus "proof" such as this.

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Why do these things correlate? These 15 correlations will blow your mind. (Is this headline sensationalist enough for you to click on it yet?)
"For several years, Benner has taken issue publicly with the district’s hiring of a consultant, Pacific Educational Group, to conduct “courageous conversations” that encourage staff members to examine any racial biases they might bring to their work. At the May 2014 school board meeting, he said the district was doing a disservice to black students by not holding them to the same standard of conduct as students from other ethnic groups."

“Refusing to work is not black culture,” he told the board. “Assaulting your teacher is not black culture.”
St. Paul “troublemaker” says district has tried to silence him over his views on suspensions. 
Nice trophy for MGSH inaugural trap team's 2nd place conference finish. Good job team!
"This effect was particularly pronounced for boys and black, non-Hispanic children, along with those children who grew up in counties characterized by greater economic disadvantage. In that regard, Sesame Street satisfied its goal of preparing children for school entry, especially for black and disadvantaged children. Remarkably, the show accomplished that at a cost of $5 per child per year (in today's dollars)."

And Gov. Dayton wanted how much for pre-K and was willing to shut down the government over it?

Study: Kids can learn as much from ‘Sesame Street’ as from preschool - The Washington Post
The TV show has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of children, researchers said.
Cares about students, respects the taxpayer.
School board director for the Osseo, MN Area (Independent School District 279) school board. This district includes Osseo, Maple Grove, as well as portions of Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, and Dayton, Minnesota.

My goals are to bring greater
  • Student Achievement
  • Transparency
  • Classroom Innovation
  • Fiscal Responsibility 
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