When state legislatures freeze wages, education suffers, says Kit Hawkins for the Post-Bulletin. Post-Bulletin Publisher Randy Chapman wrote an eloquent commentary about the positive opportunity enjoyed by Rochester Chamber members when we attended the Minnesota Chamber of Business conversation entitled “Building a world-class education system.” The luncheon featured U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who was blunt in his comments about the state of education in Minnesota. That presentation was followed by a panel of business leaders who offered some concepts to improve our public education system. The final panel included representatives of our Minnesota Legislature who bantered about next steps for Minnesota. They sounded enthusiastic and supportive of education…One week later, I am confused, frustrated and disappointed. What appeared to be the beginning of a nonpartisan, business and education plan for our state’s future is now a legislative effort to pretend to fix schools and solve a budget crisis by micromanaging our school boards and education leaders…

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