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 Robert Putnam, the acclaimed Harvard professor and author of the 2000 best-seller “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” was in Duluth recently to promote his new book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” Both books emphasize the problem of growing isolation and community fragmentation for American society. His latest book asserts that this civic dise... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT In Red Wing these days, a community-wide effort has helped expand distribution points for free breakfasts, so that more low-income kids are getting enough to eat at the start of the school day. Meanwhile, the same group is helping bring strong new focus on higher education planning and career pathways, starting as early as the fourth grade. Also underway are networks that help the whole town find ways to h... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Seated next to us at a breakfast banquet in a downtown St. Paul hotel was a smiling 22-year-old man from St. Paul’s East Side, who exuded confidence about his future and pride in his new career. Our table learned that he was actually working two jobs, and as he earnestly described the processes he was learning in the printing trade, it struck me that the real asset he would bring to his employers mig... Read More
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