Lynda Jackson is a southern lady with a sweet disarming drawl, but she's a steel magnolia when it comes to school improvement and demanding real results. Jackson is the superintendent of the school district in Covington, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, and she's steering this very poor school district toward individualized learning plans for every student. She also is transforming Holmes High School into an "e... Read More
Dane Smith was engaged all last week with Peter Nelson of the Center of the American Experiment in an MPR Insight Now online debate and broadcast on the proper roles of government and the private sector. MPR asked, "If the private sector can do it, should the government get out of it?" Meanwhile, I was doing what I do every Thursday Read More
Lots of good stuff out there, and hopefully more will be coming throughout the year, on the legacy of Hubert H. Humphrey, who arguably has had more impact on the world, the nation and our state than any other individual in Minnesota's history. At a celebration on the centennial of his birth last Friday, I heard a speaker say that no white man in 20th Century America accomplished more for civil rights and human rights. I think that... Read More
Mainstream religious leaders today are hosting a vigil by the statue of populist champion and former Gov. Floyd B. Olson, in honor of Statehood Day. On the 153rd anniversary of the North Star State, our state's most respected faith leaders will be drawing attention to the absolutely vital role of our state government in providing for the "security, benefit and protection of the people.'' Those words ... Read More
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