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
Let’s focus on a big payoff from improving achievement among Minnesota’s students of color St. Paul Pioneer Press Now that our divisive state government shutdown is over, Minnesota’s political leaders, and all of us really, need to re-read an inspiring Pioneer Press editorial that ran the day after Christmas, just before the session began. That editorial urged Republican and DFL leaders to unite behind a theme of "educ... Read More
Hubert Humphrey, whose life will be celebrated May 27, brought millions out of the shadows and into the sunshine of human rights MinnPost.com | By: Dane Smith May 16, 2011 A fair amount of thoughtful reminiscing has already occurred this year on the centennial of Hubert H. Humphrey's birth. And in today's toxic and polarized climate, the remembering has tended to emphasize that Humphrey was respected and even loved... 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
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