ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT In the lakes-and-woods landscape surrounding Grand Rapids in north central Minnesota, a wide array of community leaders have banded together with seven school districts in several counties to chart a comprehensive road map toward improved student success, beginning with stronger early childhood education and going all the way through to career preparation. In and around our farm-belt food-processing ... 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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A long-overdue campaign to promote the Twin Cities as one of the nation’s premier places for doing business and living well was launched last week by a new group of business and civic movers and shakers under the label Greater MSP (www.greatermsp.org). This worthy endeavor was accompanied by much statistical fanfare over our excellence in innovation and productivity, and Minnesota’s enduring re... Read More
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
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