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
The people who are dumping on MnSure and threatening to de-fund the Affordable Care Act really need to listen to us struggling Millennials. As a new intern for Growth & Justice, I am also a member of that “Millennial Generation” entering the workforce at a particularly trying time. For the first time ever nationally, student loan debt has hit the $1 trillion mark, meaning more students hold more student loan debt than ever befo... Read More
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