The roll-out of Healthcare.gov, the federal online marketplace to purchase insurance under Obamacare, has been beleaguered and ridiculed, to say the least. The media and talk-show hosts have had a field day, and of course the “botched roll out” has been the target of unrelenting criticism from Congressional Republicans. On November 14th, House Speaker John Boehner declared, “The only way to fully pr... Read More
Affluent and highly educated parents begin steering their own children at a very early age toward post-secondary completion. By middle school or high school these advantaged kids often are already likely or assured of admission and completion. We know from our research at Growth & Justice that early and aggressive efforts to get ALL students on track to some post-secondary training or education pay off. &n... Read More
Greater MSP is a relatively new and ambitious effort to attract and retain economic development in the Twin Cities region, and the group's evolving theme has to be one of the most intelligent and expansive in the nation. This week's annual meeting featured speakers and a new mission statement that emphasized cultural connectedness and social collaboration in a way I've never quite seen before from a busi... Read More
DALLAS—In our last post, we described a national Strive Together movement that is gathering momentum from our largest cities to our smallest towns . Strive networks organize a total community effort around closing educational opportunity gaps and improving performance from cradle-to-career, increasing post-secondary attainment and workforce readiness. This strategy is big-hearted but also hard-headed; it... Read More
DALLAS -- Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is a plain-spoken former CEO who is rather brash about his city's emergence as the fourth largest metropolitan area and one of the strongest economic growth powerhouses in the nation. And yet he's rather humble about how big-thinking "Big D's" long-term health is directly threatened by the opportunity gap for students of color and from low-income families, who make up about 80 percent of... Read More
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