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Michael Diedrich on Educational Equity (Podcast) PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   


Michael Diedrich from MN2020 spoke to the Stone Arch discussion group on October 14, 2013. He talked about educational equity in Minnesota schools.  He has written extensively for MN2020's Hindsight blog on education and achievement.


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Diedrich, born and raised in Rochester, spent two years teaching English at Brooklyn Center High School as a Teach For America corps member. Seeing in his students and colleagues the negative consequences of No Child Left Behind, narrow definitions of achievement, and a punitive attitude towards schools and teachers, Michael shifted his focus to the broader educational system.


He is now a Master of Public Policy student at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he is pursuing a concentration in education policy. He hopes to contribute to the development of a new mindset in Minnesota around education that emphasizes equity and reform beyond test-centered policies and "market-based" approaches.




Past Stone Arch Discussion Group Podcasts PDF Print E-mail


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alt Peter Mclaughlin -Hennepin County CommissionerHennepin County’s current political climate
alt David Schultz  Political Commentator and Professor in the graduate school of management at Hamline UniversityCorporate Money in Politics
alt Eric Pusey  Co-founder of MN Progressive Project and BloggerAn Election Post-Game from Eric Pusey
alt Mike Christenson  Director, Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED)Economic Development in Minneapolis
alt Dane Smith  President, Growth & JusticeMaking Minnesota Prosperous and Fair
alt Chris Mitchell  Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliances Telecommunications as Commons Project and author of muninetworks.orgNet Neutrality
alt Eric Black  Senior Writer, MinnPostUnallotments, the MN Supreme Court, and other topics
alt Ron Wacks  CEO of Microbusiness StrategiesJobs, Jobs, Jobs: A Prescription for Economic Recovery? NO!
alt Pam Costain and Chris Stewart  Minneapolis School Board Insights and challenges of serving on the Minneapolis School Board
alt John Gunyou  City Manager of MinnetonkaFacing Our Fiscal Challenges

Diane Hofstede -Third Ward Council Member, City of Minneapolis
Cordelia Pierson  interim Executive Director, Minneapolis Riverfront�CorporationThe Mighty Mississippi


alt Charles Carlson  Facilities Planner for Metro TransitTransit Talk
alt David Gee  Editor of Minnesota Business MagazineThe Minnesota Economy
alt Representative Diane Loeffler  State House of RepresentativesTaxes in Minnesota
alt Iric Nathanson  authorMinneapolis in the 20th Century (Stone Arch Discussion Group)
alt John Kaul  of Capital Gains, Inc.A Progressive Lobbyists Preview of the 2010 Legislative Session


Podcast: Mike Tikkanen with Sam Ashkar - Invisible Children PDF Print E-mail

mike tikkanen and sam ashkarMike Tikkanen is a leading author and speaker for generating awareness, exposing facts that many are afraid, or unable to bring to the attention of the American public.

Working with abused and neglected children as a volunteer county guardian ad-litem, Mike speaks directly about the financial and physical disaster happening daily to children, schools, and neighborhoods because of poor public policy and the dysfunction of well-meaning people and institutions.

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Recorded for the Stone Arch Discussion Group at Gardens of Salonica in NE Minneapolis on June 8, 2013 by


Youth Violence and Gun Control - Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Woehrer   

sherman pattersonSherman Patterson, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s Policy Aide for Public Safety and Civil Rights, speaks on the challenges of youth violence and the city's position on gun control.

Listen to the Podcast from iDream TVIt was recorded on April 12, 2013, at Gardens of Salonica in NE Minneapolis.





MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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