Left, right or middle, public policy groups enrich our state and the debateIt has taken a while for many players and commentators to recognize the massive influence of the Internet on politics and public life, but the power of blogs, podcasts, wikis and similar gizmos is increasingly appreciated, or at least sensed. This is the case even by those of us reduced to using words like "gizmos." As for new local entries into this expanding universe... Read More
Education Summit draws big crowd & positive reviews Early reviews from participants were resoundingly positive Monday afternoon after the largest and most ambitious event in the five-year history of Growth & Justice: a coming together of leading national academic researchers, Minnesota policy-makers and education professionals for a full day of robust discussion focused on what really works to increase higher education attainment.More tha... Read More
Eyeballing the bang we get for our education buckTwo professors have cracked the nut of an old problem: How do you perform a cost-benefit analysis on education? Henry M. Levin and Clive R. Belfield examined the public costs of a high school dropout on Minnesota taxpayers, then looked at the cost of programs that boost high school graduation rates. Voila: a positive cost-benefit ratio. Levin, a professor at Columbia University, and Belfield, ... Read More
Invest early to get more kids in college, experts sayThe Star Tribune's report on our "Smart Investments in Minnesota's Students" conference said funding early education is the key to increasing the number of college grads, and the investment promises large returns for the state. The story is good as far as it goes, but early childhood programs only address the vital starting point in the college pipeline. For ultimate success, the state must... Read More
How to give kids a proven head start Here's heartening news: Researchers looking at ways to address the achievement gap between black and white students have found programs that, dollar for dollar, yield far more benefit than they cost. On Monday the local think tank Growth & Justice brought together some of the country's leading experts on the topic. These scholars have been measuring the dollar costs and dollar benefits of programs in th... Read More
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