ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT I am among many white Americans, and a much smaller percentage of Minnesotans, with an actual slave-owning ancestor. I know of at least one, Welcome Williams Chandler and his wife, Sarah, who “founded” Brown County, deep in the heart of Texas, in the 1850s. He and his truculent Anglo-American Protestant horde displaced Native Americans and Mexican people, killed them when they resisted, and hel... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the most unforgettable economic policy statements I ever heard came from a presidential candidate in the early 1990s who explained that we had lots of people who needed work, and lots of work that needed to be done, and that we ought to get those two problems on the same page. And so it is with the “skills gap” and the “equity gap” in Minnesota. On one hand, we have Minneso... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The third-graders in the art class, almost all of them Asian, Latino or African-American, were busily drawing and painting their own artistic visions of the solar system, getting all the planets in order and using the Internet to look up information they needed for fact sheets to round out the project. Free artistic expression was encouraged by their animated and masterful teacher, but there was strong ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As a reading tutor for a couple of bright-eyed, hungry-to-learn elementary children – a Hmong girl and a Somali boy who attend my neighborhood St. Paul School – I am relearning firsthand the enormous value of our state’s second-largest school district and the powerful good it does every day for its 39,000 students. And as a grateful taxpayer and citizen, I’ll be a zealous advocate f... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT During my five minutes in the spotlight at a jam-packed breakout panel during the governor’s Job Summit last week, I got a little carried away in urging Gov. Mark Dayton to pull out all the stops in securing our reputation, once and for all, as the Brainpower State. The governor, I suggested, ought to mobilize a huge movement to set a specific, end-of-decade goal for higher education attainment... Read More
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