ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT “The Ugly American” was a sensational best-selling book in the late 1950s and served as a warning that our arrogance in foreign policy (and our boorish personal behavior as visitors in other countries) was creating a dangerous anti-American backlash that threatened our ability to win the Cold War. Many Americans began to worry about that image and took heed, or at least tried not to be so rude ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Iconic Minnesota founder would not approve of disinvestments in higher education Almost 150 years ago, in the midst of economic hard times and a Civil War, a young business dynamo by the name of John S. Pillsbury was named a regent for the University of Minnesota and given the unofficial task by Gov. Henry Swift of saving it from premature death. The fledgling university was 12 years old, insolvent, and ... 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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