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
Peter Heegaard is a former executive for a financial firm, and he's well-known in Minnesota public policy circles as a leader with a strong social conscience, a great combination of heart and passion for progressive change and hard-headed analytical sense on dollars and cents. His new book, "More Bang for Your Buck,'' should be required reading for policy wonks in Minnesota who want to be on the cutting edge ... Read More
Back to School for Grown-Ups is a relatively new enterprise in Minnesota that shares our zeal for dramatically increasing post-secondary attainment, with special emphasis on grown-ups of all ages who need to re-think, re-educate and re-train in a fast-changing economic world. The key principal in the firm is Laura Gilbert, who produces books, blogs, research papers, presentations and counseling, all providing sound advice to young and... Read More
Few voices reflect Minnesota's moderate mainstream ethics more perfectly than Star Tribune editorial columnist Lori Sturdevant, and her call-to-action for government "redesigners'' in Sunday's Star Tribune Op-Ex was squarely on target. And this morning Sturdevant hit the note again with a short editorial page item describing a discussion group on redesign that we at Growth & Justice have been part of for a year-a... Read More
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