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
Folks who attended MinnPost's 8th Anniversay event earlier this week, featuring Judith and Bill Moyers, probably came away wanting to know more about their work and what they stand for. I was in the audience and found their conversation to be stimulating and hopeful. I most enjoyed and agreed with their optimism about today's youth and the future of journalism. I also learned with a little checking tha... Read More
September 29 was a big day. While its effects will only be felt by a segment of Minnesotans, for those with disabilities, the landscape of this state has been radically transformed. That is because, on September 29, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank approved Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. You might be thinking, “That’s great!...What are you talking about?” To answer that question, we must make like The Devil and go on ... Read More
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