ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Start with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent visit to Minnesota and his frequent and urgent plea for Americans in all states to set a goal of regaining our top international ranking in higher education attainment by the year 2020. Add to that the post-Tucson resolve in many quarters of our state and nation to start collaborating and finding common ground to solve problems, and to build br... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT St. Paul College and two-year campuses in Greater MN dominate "Best Community Colleges in U.S." rankings Some refreshingly good news about the quality of our public education system almost got out last week, but was mostly overlooked or underplayed by mainstream media. In a recent ranking of the nation’s top community colleges by Washington Monthly magazine, Minnesota placed SEVEN colleges in the... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT State should establish end-of-decade goal of 75 percent higher-education attainment In the classic 1981 comedy “Stripes,” the Bill Murray character tells his rowdy pals from Chicago not to worry about credentials as they prepared to enter a Soviet-bloc country, mistakenly promising them that it would be just like “going into Wisconsin.” Crossing the boundary from high school to hi... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT 10 great quotes to inspire a renewal of investment in education Who said this? “The legislator should direct his attention above all to the education of youth.” Let’s deduce. It’s post-democracy, obviously, and no doubt American, given the responsibility delegated mostly to states and their legislatures for education. And considering the pre-feminist reference to “... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A renewed focus on improving minority attainment will lead to a stronger and more equitable economy Once upon a time, many Americans seriously believed that not everybody needed to learn how to read, or attend school, or advance very far toward a formal education. In the 19th century, this actually was our public policy with regard to girls and racial minorities of both sexes. This foolish and oppre... Read More
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