St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report Gov. Mark Dayton, the equivalent to the CEO of Minnesota’s public sector, was refreshingly candid last week in front of all the private-sector CEOs at the Minnesota Business Partnership annual dinner. Stung by recent reports showing declining income and employment rates for black Minnesotans during a period of overall economic growth, Dayton confessed that he had not been aggressive enough in a... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Recent headlines tell us that it’s a great time in Minnesota to be highly skilled and looking for a good job, and that it’s finally at least a little better time to be unskilled or uneducated and looking for any job. There are still more people looking for work than there are job openings. Wages and benefits are still stagnant, relative to profits. But the latest report from the Department of E... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Imagine a wild-eyed futurist getting up in front of a crowd of Minnesota business and education leaders in 1995, and boldly making these three outlandish predictions. “Over the next 20 years” our imaginary futurist intones, “a racial and economic inequality crisis will overtake us in Minnesota. The percentage of kids from economically distressed homes and thus qualified for free-and-reduc... Read More
The best ideas and movements bubble up. This can be seen in education’s next wave, and our state is leading the way. STAR TRIBUNE A century ago, all across the Midwest, residents of one town after another decided their community needed a high school. In time this regional movement grew into a national movement, and before long every city in America, large and small, offered free access to secondary education. By assuring that every ch... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT At a recent post-session media event for the MinneMinds coalition — a broad-based movement focused on expanding early childhood education and closing our opportunity gaps in education — one rather startling chart stood out. The bar graph showed total public investment in pre-kindergarten learning for our littlest Minnesotans rising by healthy leaps. Counting a significant increase in funding fo... Read More
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