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 Three months before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came to Minnesota to pitch his model for improving school test scores and closing the achievement gap, he was joined at Miami’s once troubled and rapidly improving Central High School for a celebratory event with President Barack Obama. This friendly joint appearance by a rather famous conservative governor (one who is resisting pleas by GOP activists ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Entire community got involved, and holistic ‘cradle to career’ approach made a difference We’ve all heard the stories and seen the movies about that charismatic principal or that inspirational teacher who defied expectations and boosted educational outcomes for a challenging group of students in a tough urban environment. Policy wonks have a phrase – “bringing it to scale&rd... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Slashing ‘gummint’ by one-fifth puts us down by Oklahoma on investment for common good Right after high school I lived for about six months in low-tax Oklahoma, where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet, and the wind actually does come sweeping down the plain. I have memories of warm and friendly people, deep red dirt, and a fiercely proud country-and-western culture. But now (as then)&md... Read More
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