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
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 Seated next to us at a breakfast banquet in a downtown St. Paul hotel was a smiling 22-year-old man from St. Paul’s East Side, who exuded confidence about his future and pride in his new career. Our table learned that he was actually working two jobs, and as he earnestly described the processes he was learning in the printing trade, it struck me that the real asset he would bring to his employers mig... Read More
ST. PAUL LEAGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This fall, for the first time in the history of the United States, just under 50 percent of the students in U.S. public schools were white, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And although the white proportion of the U.S. population is not projected to fall below half until 2043, the public school picture is quickly beginning to reflect both continued immigration and the fact that n... Read More
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and an impressive line-up of Twin Cities business executives, top school administrators and elected officials presided this week over a roll-out of three specific new education initiatives aimed at closing the opportunity disparities that threaten our state’s economic future. The specific action agenda of this “Generation Next” partnership, for both Minneapolis and St. Paul, will focus... Read More
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