Click here to watch Dane's testimony or read his prepared comments below. Presentation to House-Senate Working Group on Disparities January 15, 2015 Representative Knoblach and Senator Champion, members of the working group, I’m Dane Smith, president of Growth & Justice, a policy research and advocacy organization that seeks a more inclusive prosperity and greater equitable business growth for Minnesota. We especially value ... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE The Career Pathways program provides a holistic model for solving two of the state's most pressing problems. Regina Wilson and Samantha Raines are Anoka County moms who were homeless at various times in 2014 and 2015. Yet they find themselves, as 2016 begins, not only with good jobs at last, but also with some pretty clear ideas about how they might advance next in their new careers. Wilson, 40, enjoys her work at an assist... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s enviable but temporary projected budget surplus must be applied first to investing in our increasingly diverse workforce, easily the most important resource on which our long-term prosperity depends. Amid all the conventional signs of growth and prosperity at the top end, with high profits and low unemployment generally, far too many Minnesotans underneath continue to suffer from economic... 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
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