It is school budget time, and the Duluth school district is quietly rewriting the rule book on school funding. One year ago, the School Board took the historic step to return most compensatory-education funds — essentially achievement-gap money — to the buildings that generate them. That structural change guaranteed equity for at least those particular funds. This year, the district is introducing a new budgeting process that not only undoes the guarantee promised in the compensatory-education realignment; it undoes years of precedence in school funding.
When friends behave badly, we have an obligation to say something. Newly re-elected St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin hired his son in the county attorney's office in what, given Rubin's quotes in the News Tribune, was a highly biased process. He said there were many qualified candidates and that he only interviewed his son, because he already knew that is who he would hire.
A recent evolution in thinking by the Duluth public schools' administration was met with surprise, cautious enthusiasm, and some confusion at last week's School Board committee of the whole meeting. The surprising shift in philosophy relates to how the district is now planning to use the much-talked-about state compensatory-education dollars.
I am supporting Janet Kennedy in the At Large City Council election. I have experienced Kennedy as a receptive listener, a thoughtful contributor, and an engaged member of the team in my work with her on the city's comprehensive plan committee. I value individuals who help us see more broadly, connect more genuinely, and build on our shared values and commitments. We need broad representation and strong leadership to grow as a city.
The Dakota Access oil pipeline is routed to pass under the Missouri River in North Dakota just upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux tribal reservation. The Missouri is the reservation’s water source. Earlier plans to cross the Missouri upstream of Bismarck, N.D., were rejected, in part, due to protect the safety of Bismarck’s residents. For many months, Native-led encampments have nonviolently resisted the pipeline construction while legal challenges to the permitting process move through the courts.