Looking to the Mayo Clinic, and the "village" of Cincinnati, for comprehensive and collaborative models of education success by Dane Smith As we strive toward our goals of much higher post-secondary attainment and reducing our racial and income achievement gaps, let’s consider the Mayo Clinic. This world-famous institution, a point of pride for Minnesota, might seem like a strange model for school improvements. But health ca... Read More
We all make mistakes and the Minnesota House made a big one last week. It can and must somehow perform a do-over on an early childhood measure that was defeated, in large part through the behind-the-scenes influence of social and religious conservatives in the Republican Party base. The legislation would take advantage of private donations to establish a statewide rating system that would help parents assess and find high-quality ear... Read More
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Anti-government conservatives often cloak their movement in a religious mantle and enjoy disproportionate support from the fundamentalist brand of Christendom, while unfairly dismissing progressives, economic and otherwise, as irreligious. So it's a powerful refutation of that notion when our states' Catholic and Lutheran bishops, representing a vast mainstream of some 2 million Minnesotans, issue the kind of statement they p... Read More
Lori Sturdevant in the Sunday STrib offers a positive review of some of the best efforts now underway toward redesigning our governmental systems, focusing particularly on the extensive new "Beyond the Bottom Line'' report. BBL is a project of Minnesota's blue-chip charitable foundations (Bush, Blandin, Minneapolis, Minnesota Community, Northwest Area, and St. Paul), and it's actually a new and improved rendition of a... Read More
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