Anthony Smith belongs on a growing list of today's public school "turnaround" artists, having transformed a rock-bottom high school in Cincinnati into a model of academic success, and interestingly, athletic success, too. Smith will be in the Twin Cities Wednesday evening to tell his story about imposing rigor with a human touch (and finding a corporate sponsor) to bring confidence and real achievement where little of either exist... Read More
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
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
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
For a bracing antidote to the current cynicism about our ability to solve problems with our own democracy, mark your calendars and reserve your spot for May 27 and particpate in an all-day commemoration of the life of Minnesota's own immortal Hubert H. Humphrey (details at bottom of post). That date will mark the 100th anniversary of the birthday of "The Happy Warrior," as he frequently was called. An enriching and rather cerebral cele... Read More
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