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 In an already hyper-politicized legislative session marked by exceedingly low expectations, lawmakers in 2012 could make a few specific, constructive improvements on both ends of the education pipeline to improve the odds for all our children and for our economy. Here are three such moves, which already have bipartisan support. These policies also are backed by experts in education effectiveness and by bus... Read More
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
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