ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Robert Putnam, the acclaimed Harvard professor and author of the 2000 best-seller “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” was in Duluth recently to promote his new book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” Both books emphasize the problem of growing isolation and community fragmentation for American society. His latest book asserts that this civic dise... Read More
Friends, As the 2015 legislative session enters its final month, Growth & Justice is working hard in support of workforce equity and alignment, community-based education partnerships, and major new investments in our early childhood and transportation infrastructure systems. Key highlights: ________________________________________ Early Childhood Needs Your Help Minnesota’s level of early childhood investment is currently in... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A recent four-page policy brief by the esteemed Itasca Project, composed of some of the best and brightest leaders of our state’s largest businesses, begins with this clear statement: “Our regional competitiveness depends on broadening opportunities for a more diverse and inclusive workforce.” Got that? Not “could be improved by,” not “might be better with,” but ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT In Red Wing these days, a community-wide effort has helped expand distribution points for free breakfasts, so that more low-income kids are getting enough to eat at the start of the school day. Meanwhile, the same group is helping bring strong new focus on higher education planning and career pathways, starting as early as the fourth grade. Also underway are networks that help the whole town find ways to h... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Here’s an audacious idea: If we know that more and better post-high school credentials are crucial to economic vitality — and even more important for success in life for our increasingly diverse younger generation — why don’t we increase the minimum education level to which all Minnesotans are entitled? In other words, perhaps the free community college proposal advanced by the Stat... Read More
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