ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT PBS documentary and Minnesota test scores underline peril, potential If we can accept the premise that huge banks and insurance companies and major U.S. automakers are too big to fail, why can’t we embrace the notion that an entire generation of millions of African American boys is too large and “too important to fail?” That’s the compelling message of a new documentary with that ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT “The Ugly American” was a sensational best-selling book in the late 1950s and served as a warning that our arrogance in foreign policy (and our boorish personal behavior as visitors in other countries) was creating a dangerous anti-American backlash that threatened our ability to win the Cold War. Many Americans began to worry about that image and took heed, or at least tried not to be so rude ... Read More
Let’s focus on a big payoff from improving achievement among Minnesota’s students of color St. Paul Pioneer Press Now that our divisive state government shutdown is over, Minnesota’s political leaders, and all of us really, need to re-read an inspiring Pioneer Press editorial that ran the day after Christmas, just before the session began. That editorial urged Republican and DFL leaders to unite behind a theme of "educ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Organizing Apprenticeship Project lays out 16 solutions to Minnesota’s education opportunity Is the following set of facts just a coincidence, or a sign of subtle racial antipathy by Minnesota’s white majority political establishment toward non-whites and immigrants? Here are the facts: Over the last decade, as our highly publicized demographic shift to a more cosmopolitan and multi-color... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Iconic Minnesota founder would not approve of disinvestments in higher education Almost 150 years ago, in the midst of economic hard times and a Civil War, a young business dynamo by the name of John S. Pillsbury was named a regent for the University of Minnesota and given the unofficial task by Gov. Henry Swift of saving it from premature death. The fledgling university was 12 years old, insolvent, and ... Read More
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