The author of this post is 16-year-old Phoenix Thomson. He interned for Growth & Justice this summer through the STEP-UP program, a nationally recognized youth employment model that trains and matches Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 with paid summer internships. Phoenix helped research transportation and transit issues, shadowed Growth & Justice staffers at meetings and events and helped with administrative duties. He shows promise as a poli... Read More
Note: Paul Epland is a summer intern and research assistant from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Paul hails from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. His interests include journalism, state and local politics, comparative literature, and wild (some would say dangerous) speculation regarding Game of Thrones. Paul's internship is funded by a grant from Paul and Rhonda Redleaf of the Redleaf Foundation. “P... Read More
This guestblog by R.T. Rybak appeared a week ago on the Generation Next website. It's an extraordinary essay about how kids of color are quietly improving and achieving at Patrick Henry High School, despite the drumbeat of mostly negative news about north Minneapolis and urban high-poverty neighborhods. Henry now has among the higher graduation rates in the state, and North High is making progress too, thanks in part to the effor... Read More
(Note: We received the following e-mail recently from Monica Manning, a former community college faculty member and dean, first director of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, and co-founder of The Nova Group, an education innovation consulting firm. She retired to Arizona five years ago and is now a resident of the Grand Canyon State. She consented to posting her e-mail as a guest blog.) Just read the April 15 Growt... Read More
Note from G&J: Guest Blogger John James is a former commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue and one of our state's more knowledgeable tax experts. G&J does not necessarily support all of the tax policy proposals advanced here, but we think it's an insightful analysis and a plausible argument. Widespread recognition that Minnesota needs transportation infrastructure investment guarantees another legislative effort t... Read More
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