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Community Solutions Podcast

Jul 26, 2019 There are few things as hard to understand as state school funding. It's not just $xx.xx per student. Is that pupil in special education? Is he or she on free and reduced lunch? Enrollment as a whole needs to be considered. There are a whole number of other factors that weigh into that cost. It's as complicated to figure out as the year is long. We try to explain how schools get their funding and where it goes. It's a shame that our schools use fuzzy math in showing where all the money goes. This is what allows them to come back to the table and and pass a new levy every few years. After all is said and done, you will see that there is no easy way to determine education funding.

We also discuss the July 8th city Council meeting in St. Cloud. A group called #UniteCloud has organized with the explicit intention of disrupting city council meetings and grandstanding for the camera during citizen input time. #UniteCloud is rallying around the removal of Council Members Paul Brandmire and Mike Conway, citing racism regarding a disagreement with the controversial state refugee resettlement program. This program has seen the numbers of Somali refugees in St Cloud mushroom in recent years. We cover the dust up and show you how easily a group of crazies can step into the limelight and cause chaos.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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