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
(Note: We hereby introduce Chuck Brown - a former business manager, a former city council member for the southern Minnesota town of Olivia, and a novelist Read More
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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