STAR TRIBUNE The Career Pathways program provides a holistic model for solving two of the state's most pressing problems. Regina Wilson and Samantha Raines are Anoka County moms who were homeless at various times in 2014 and 2015. Yet they find themselves, as 2016 begins, not only with good jobs at last, but also with some pretty clear ideas about how they might advance next in their new careers. Wilson, 40, enjoys her work at an assist... Read More
The best ideas and movements bubble up. This can be seen in education’s next wave, and our state is leading the way. STAR TRIBUNE A century ago, all across the Midwest, residents of one town after another decided their community needed a high school. In time this regional movement grew into a national movement, and before long every city in America, large and small, offered free access to secondary education. By assuring that every ch... Read More
(This is an open letter of congratulations and encouragement for all winners of elections in Minnesota on Nov. 4. It is informed by an analysis of broad public will, not just the likely 60 percent of eligible voters who will cast ballots on Tuesday.) Dear Winners: Congratulations on your undoubtedly well-deserved election, or re-election. Savor for a while this affirmation of esteem your community holds for you. You are by definition a leader... Read More
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is a plain-spoken former CEO who is rather brash about his region's emergence as the nation's fourth-largest metropolitan area. And yet Rawlings is rather humble and worried about how the long-term economic health of "Big D" is directly threatened by a widening opportunity gap for students of color and students from low-income families, who make up about 80 percent of Dallas County's public school enrollme... Read More
BRAINERD DISPATCH The U.S. health care system is broken and the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA- Obamacare) does little to fix it. It was a significant political victory but only a small health care victory. Driven by rising health policy premiums, Minnesota residents now rank second in the country in selection of high deductible health care policies (up to $30,000) in attempts to keep annual premiums affordable. The dominant employer-based hea... Read More
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