For lovers of Minnesota, for history buffs and for students and practitioners of public policy, I highly recommend two outstanding books released this week. One is Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story, by former state Sen. Ember Reichgott Junge, a state leader in education, human services, and governmental redesign and a primary champion of the school-choice and charter school movement of the 1980s and 1990s. Reichgott Jung... Read More
More good news for Minnesota and for the thousands of public school teachers and leaders who have been working so hard for so many years to improve achievement and attainment in our education system. High school graduation rates have risen over the last decade, even though our public schools are working with an increasingly poor and economically distressed student body every year. America's Promise Alliance released a report this... Read More
Angela Glover Blackwell is one of the nation's leading voices on poverty and inequality, and her national think tank, PolicyLink, provides a wealth of data and best practices for moving people out of poverty, and improving lives for middle- and lower-income households, and communities of color. Blackwell was in Minnesota recently, promoting PolicyLink's America's Tomorrow report on equity, and she was fea... Read More
As Owatonna high-schooler Jarrod Neuharth described his project designing parachutes from scratch -- learning how to sew from his grandmother, rustling up help from a local shoe-repair shop, linking up to a Read More
Research shows that getting kids and their parents in a post-secondary mindset as early as possible -- creating not just hope but an expectation for college attainment -- makes a big difference in whether they get credentials. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his top economic development official, Mike Christenson, without a lot of fanfare, have been working this angle for years. Every year in the fall Mayor Rybak addresses every 9th grade... Read More
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