Guest Blog by Jeff Edmondson According to the most recent U.S. Census, each year United States taxpayers spend $591 billion on elementary and secondary education. Of those funds, 91 percent comes from local and state sources. This makes up the vast majority of all resources spent on educational improvement, followed by private philanthropy contributing about $5 billion annually. This leads us to a very clear and undeniable conc... Read More
A new group is emerging as a strong voice and a catalyst for racial equity for the workforce of our Twin Cities and our state. And its very name -- Everybody In -- is indicative of the breadth and inclusive energy of the organization. Partners of Everybody In include private business owners and managers, local and state government officials, higher education professionals, non-profit leaders, and other interested parti... Read More
Many of us black men who have championed our own rights in this nation for a long time are pleased to see Dr. Ivory Toldson, an associate professor at Howard University, debunking some of the longstanding myths surrounding our community. Toldson, at a recent inaugural session of the Men of Color Think Tank at the University of Minnesota, knocked down these often-reported inaccuracies: • One-third of black men in the United States w... Read More
The seventh and final season of NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom Parks and Recreation catapults viewers two years into the future to 2017, painting an Orwellian vision that illustrates the case for benefit corporations. Ironically, Parks and Recreation may be foretelling our own corporation-citizen future with benefit corporations leading the charge. The final season pits corporate antagonist Gryzzle, a rapidly growing tech startup that is part ... Read More
President Obama's proposal to make community college free was another blow to for-profit higher education providers, according to a recent Forbes article that analyzed the for-profit sector's deep troubles, and a further decline in stock prices after the announcement. In Minnesota, the state Senate's DFL majority leadership also recently proposed free tuition for community college. There is no other way to say it; reconciling return... Read More
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