"Twin Cities School Notebook" is the personal blog of James Sanna, a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist covering education issues, and a frequent contributor to the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
All content unless otherwise noted is the copywright of James Sanna. Feel free to quote and re-post content elsewhere, so long as it's not for proffit, but please credit me as the original source.
Comments, questions, and tips are welcome at: james[dot]sanna[at]gmail[dot]com
Dwight Hobbes TC Daily Planet Once upon a time, way back in the late 1960s there were three bands who played rock music a la big-band style. They were The Electric Flag, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago Transit Authority. Hipster authorities had it that the Flag were the baddest, followed in quality by the Al Kooper-led B, S & T, then the Kooper-less […]
Dwight Hobbes Sounding Off On Sound On April 14, the Orpheum Theatre was struck by Widespread Panic, inciting a completely sold out house of revelers to create absolute pandemonium. Fans of this veteran rock powerhouse are nothing if not faithful, wildly devoted to what can only be called an extreme. It must be pretty thirsty work, because when Panic hit the […]
Jeremy Iggers Iggers Digest Eat For Equity is a wonderful volunteer-led organization that organizes fundraising dinners. Every month, they pick a different worthy cause to support, and for this month, they chose the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. (The Twin Cities Media Alliance had its turn last year.) Eat for Equity events draw a fun group of p […]
Mike Cook Session Weekly/Session Daily Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul) used one word to describe what happened in the House chamber Friday afternoon: Tragic.After the $800 million omnibus capital investment bill failed to garner the necessary number of votes for passage, Hausman considered it dead for the session.“We’ve been trying for months to solidify t […]
Sarah Lemagie Session Weekly/Session Daily The Metropolitan Council has new district boundaries.A redistricting plan that redraws the Met Council’s 16 districts took effect May 17, 2013, the day after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new law.Legislators considered several plans before settling on MC2013-1A, the map endorsed by administrators at the Met Council.To e […]
Mike Cook Session Weekly/Session Daily Voters could elect to have a citizen-only board decide legislators’ salaries.Passed by the House 69-62 Friday, HF1823 proposes a constitutional amendment that would ask if a 16-member citizen council appointed by governor and chief justice of the state Supreme Court should set legislators’ salaries. Under the bill, the […]
Liz Stoever Session Weekly/Session Daily Funding deficiencies across several state public pension and retiree plans could mean a series of benefit reductions along with contribution increases.These provisions are included in the omnibus pension bill passed by the House 78-52 Saturday and the Senate 38-27 Friday. The bill now awaits gubernatorial action.In co […]
Sarah Lemagie Session Weekly/Session Daily A budget bill that would freeze tuition at Minnesota’s public colleges and universities is one step away from becoming law.In a 44-22 vote on Friday, the Senate passed a plan to boost state spending on higher education by $250 million in the next biennium. Hours later, the House followed suit in a vote of 76-56. The […]
Sarah Lemagie Session Weekly/Session Daily A $15.7 billion plan to fund Minnesota’s schools is clearing its final hurdles at the Capitol.Senate and House members emerged from negotiations this weekend with a two-year budget that includes landmark spending on all-day kindergarten, along with increases for special education, preschool scholarships and classroo […]
Jonathan Mohr Session Weekly/Session Daily Several controversial fee increases were removed during the conference committee process, but the omnibus environment, natural resources and agriculture finance and policy bill still received several hours of criticism on the House floor Saturday evening before being passed by a 71-60 vote. Passed 42-23 by the Senat […]