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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Organizing Apprenticeship Project lays out 16 solutions to Minnesota’s education opportunity Is the following set of facts just a coincidence, or a sign of subtle racial antipathy by Minnesota’s white majority political establishment toward non-whites and immigrants? Here are the facts: Over the last decade, as our highly publicized demographic shift to a more cosmopolitan and multi-color... 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 Census trends and economic projections say we need greater educational equity To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “House Divided” declaration, we think it’s self-evident that our Minnesota economy will not stand if only our white children are mostly college educated, and the nonwhite population remains comparatively lacking in post-secondary credentials. To be sure, we have m... Read More
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
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