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 As a reading tutor for a couple of bright-eyed, hungry-to-learn elementary children – a Hmong girl and a Somali boy who attend my neighborhood St. Paul School – I am relearning firsthand the enormous value of our state’s second-largest school district and the powerful good it does every day for its 39,000 students. And as a grateful taxpayer and citizen, I’ll be a zealous advocate f... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT During my five minutes in the spotlight at a jam-packed breakout panel during the governor’s Job Summit last week, I got a little carried away in urging Gov. Mark Dayton to pull out all the stops in securing our reputation, once and for all, as the Brainpower State. The governor, I suggested, ought to mobilize a huge movement to set a specific, end-of-decade goal for higher education attainment... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A long-overdue campaign to promote the Twin Cities as one of the nation’s premier places for doing business and living well was launched last week by a new group of business and civic movers and shakers under the label Greater MSP (www.greatermsp.org). This worthy endeavor was accompanied by much statistical fanfare over our excellence in innovation and productivity, and Minnesota’s enduring re... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT PBS documentary and Minnesota test scores underline peril, potential If we can accept the premise that huge banks and insurance companies and major U.S. automakers are too big to fail, why can’t we embrace the notion that an entire generation of millions of African American boys is too large and “too important to fail?” That’s the compelling message of a new documentary with that ... Read More
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