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As we wrote about recently, the Minneapolis school district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) are in mediation after the union prematurely cut off negotiations on the 2013-15 teachers’ contract. Consequently, the $250 million contract is now being sorted out behind closed doors and out of public view, just as the MFT wanted. The union filed a similar request for mediation in 2012.
While some public school districts have successfully negotiated new teachers’ contracts, several of the state’s largest districts remain locked in contentious talks with their local teachers’ union. In fact, the Minneapolis and St. Paul districts have both entered mediation with their respective unions after failing to reach agreement on new 2014-16 contracts.
Edina is having its worst year yet at the city’s two government-owned golf courses, transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars from their general fund to cover losses in their golf fund. When a city begins cross-subsidizing a failing enterprise fund, it should serve as a reminder that the city should not be in the enterprise at all. St.
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