Check out the recent column by our friend and ally Joe Nathan at the Center for School Change at Macalester College for some stirring advice on getting kids and parents plugged in to college visits and post-secondary options during the month of August. We all know that our more successful students are prowling college campuses and weighing options by their sophomore or junior years in high school, and Nathan's column provides links to t... Read More
Speakers at an event last week made a powerful and compelling case for equity as a growth strategy. Minnesota stands out for some striking inequities tied to race Read More
For a lesson in how effective we all can be when business, nonprofits and public education work together, check out this ABC News success story on Cincinnati's Taft Information Technology High School and its effort to boost success and achievement for disadvantaged kids. Over the next three days I'll be blogging on education issues directly from Cincinnati, where I'm joining a contingent from Grand Rapids and t... 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
Watch for some ironic hoopla this week on the 10th anniversary (June 7) of President Bush's tax cuts, the largest federal income tax rate reductions in modern history, which were preceded in Minnesota by similarly historic cuts in the state's income taxes. The main "celebrants" are progressive policy groups who are critical of those tax cuts, and considering the economic picture of the last decade, it's obvious why the anti-tax, anti-... Read More
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