Minnesota State High School League Delays Vote on Transgender Athlete Policy

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Jana Shortal on Twitter

Yesterday morning, the Minnesota State High School League was on the brink of history, ready to vote on the first rules for transgender athletes in the state's history. It's a policy that, as we explained yesterday, shouldn't be controversial. But it's still historic.

And yet the MSSHL decided to keep teasing out the decision. In its meeting yesterday, the group voted to table their vote on the proposal until December so they could learn a little more in the interim. Despite hearing the stories from transgender students and activists over the course of a few days, the board said it needed time to "get this right."

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"Controversial" MSHSL Draft Transgender Policy Really Shouldn't Be

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Jana Shortal on Twitter
An overflow crowd attended yesterday's hearing.
Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League held a hearing on the draft "Participation of Transgender Students" policy board members are set to vote on as soon as today.

As we wrote about in the context of an anti-transgender ad the Star Tribune ran last Sunday, the draft policy is controversial. It really shouldn't be, however, if you accept that being transgender is a fact of life that shouldn't result in a person being treated as a second-class citizen.

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Cambridge School Principal Chris Grote Allegedly Stalked Ex-Girlfriend

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Clockwise from top, Grote's Facebook profile photo, his mugshot, and a picture from his school district.
If you think working your way up the ladder to become a public school principal reflects strength of character, consider the allegations facing Chris Grote.

Grote, the 47-year-old principal at Cambridge Primary School, faces a host of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend outside her home in rural Isanti County for the second time in just over two months early Sunday morning.

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St. Thomas's mascot accused of wiping ass with College Republicans literature

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UST Aquinas Yearbook on Facebook
Tommie allegedly has a liberal bias.
Four months after Camelgate, the University of St. Thomas has been rocked by another scandal.

The school's mascot, a cat-like animal of some sort named Tommie, allegedly wiped his ass yesterday with literature he grabbed from a College Republicans booth.

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Mpls native Tim Torkildson fired from Utah school for blogging about homophones

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Tim Torkildson photo via Facebook
Tim Torkildson was born in Minneapolis and lived here through his mid-20s, save for a stint working as a circus clown in Florida. (Seriously.) In fact, he even spent three semesters at the University of Minnesota.

After that, Torkildson bounced around, including stints in Thailand working both as a missionary and an English teacher. Back in the U.S., he got his teaching English as a foreign language certification, and earlier this year, that led to a job as a social media specialist and blogger with Nomen Global, a school in Provo, Utah that bills itself as "America's English Language School."

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St. Thomas adjunct professors reject union

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The arched entryway to St. Thomas's St. Paul campus.
Weeks after Hamline University adjuncts became the first in the state to form their own union, St. Thomas adjuncts voted against following suit.

In the days following Hamline's vote, adjuncts at the school expressed confidence that St. Thomas would head down the same path. But in voting tallied Monday, St. Thomas adjuncts voted against unionizing by a 136-84 margin.

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Mpls Public Schools trolled by new anti-MPS billboard right outside its HQ [PHOTO]

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Better Ed
Can you imagine going to work everyday under a huge billboard telling you how crummy you are at your job?
In January, we told you about a Better Ed billboard that was trolling Minneapolis Public Schools right outside its headquarters at 1250 West Broadway Avenue. It said: "Only 50% of Minneapolis students graduate. #System_Failure"

A new billboard slightly tweaks the message, but serves the same purpose. You can see it at the top of this page.

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Hamline adjunct professors become first to unionize

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Hamline's Old Main.
Jennifer Beckham has worked as an adjunct English professor at Hamline University in St. Paul for nine years. During that time, she hasn't received a raise or even a cost-of-living adjustment to her pay, and she has little hope of ever being promoted.

So you can understand why Beckman joined with 44 other adjuncts last week in voting to unionize, creating what the Service Employees International Union says is the first adjunct-only union in Minnesota.

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Reid Sagehorn sues following suspension from Rogers High for tweet about kissing teacher

Categories: Education, Law
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Reid Sagehorn picture via Jacki V. Seniors
In late January, somebody posted this tweet on an online forum called "Roger confessions" -- "did @R_Sagehorn3 actually make out with [name of female school teacher]."

Reid Sagehorn himself sarcastically replied, "Actually yeah." A suspension and school transfer later, Sagehorn is now suing Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen, Elk River School District Superintendent Mark Bezek, Rogers High School Principal Roman Pierskalla, Assistant Superintendent Jana Henne-Burr, and police liaison Stephen Sarazin in federal court for the allegedly overzealous way they handled his punishment.

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Mpls middle school teacher Joel Fowler solicited sex from 14-year-old girl, charges say

Categories: Crime, Education
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Fowler's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Middle school teacher Joel Fowler apparently posted nude pics of himself on Craigslist

Joel Fowler, a teacher at Minneapolis's Olson Middle School, faces felony electronic solicitation of a child charges for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover cop he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, on Tuesday, a cop identified as St. Paul Police Sergeant Keller was working on a child sex solicitation sting when he came across an ad in Craigslist's casual encounters section from a man who wrote, "It's graduation season. I'm looking for a soon-to-be or recent high school graduate who wants to play with a just out of college guy."

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