ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Timberlake Lodge ballroom in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was filled to capacity recently with a rare assemblage of adults and teenagers, all engaged in candid conversations about whether the local community was delivering what kids really need to succeed. This was a truly unusual and ambitious undertaking and a big step forward for a very promising new rural community collaboration aimed at improvin... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Educators in the rural southern Minnesota towns of St. Clair and Spring Valley are delivering extraordinary value to their high-schoolers, and low-income students in particular, by offering special academies that provide advanced science and technology coursework, early college credits, and a faster track to postsecondary completion and good local jobs. Each of the small school districts serving those comm... Read More
(This is an open letter of congratulations and encouragement for all winners of elections in Minnesota on Nov. 4. It is informed by an analysis of broad public will, not just the likely 60 percent of eligible voters who will cast ballots on Tuesday.) Dear Winners: Congratulations on your undoubtedly well-deserved election, or re-election. Savor for a while this affirmation of esteem your community holds for you. You are by definition a leader... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The term “alignment” has long been the dominant buzzword in workforce policy circles. And the bar graphs on the most recent report by the National Skills Coalition provide a useful if simplistic big picture view of the mismatch between jobs and workforce readiness in Minnesota and the United States. The bars show that Minnesota currently has a slightly larger percentage of people with four-year... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Those of us on the road and vacationing in Minnesota this summer are seeing more “Help Wanted” and “Get Job Applications Here” signs than we’ve seen in many years. At midmorning this week, for instance, along West St. Germain Street just west of downtown St. Cloud, a man was actually wearing this happy problem. He was walking up and down the sidewalk outside a job-placement ce... Read More
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