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Community Solutions Podcast

Oct 12, 2020 Our schools are under attack. School boards complain about not having control, and then complain when the state gives them control. So many of Minnesota's school districts are similar, because there is so little independence given, thanks to the Department of Education and the teacher's union. So no matter where you are, you will benefit from this week's podcast. Independent School District 281 (Robbinsdale Area Schools) just held a school board forum through the League of Women Voters. You have three incumbents (John Vento, Helen Bassett, and Sherry Tyrrell) going against the slate called "Change281" (ReNae Bowman, Eric Pone, and Stacy Rider), and two other candidates (Brian Hanf, and Greta Evans-Becker). Like all school districts, they are battling over all-too-frequent referendums, school properties, COVID readiness, employment, busing... you know, all the typical things that school boards deal with, I mean, except for student achievement, graduation rates, college readiness, etc. There is too much focus on equity (aka Cultural Marxism or Critical Race Theory) and not enough on how to make every student the best they can be to go take on an ever-changing world. We also take a little time to discuss the recent passing of the 19th anniversary of our troops' arrival in Afghanistan. When are we going to get out? We have troops all over the globe. We're spending so much money. Why? When are our soldiers coming home? It's a topic worth a little discussion. 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! Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!