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Parents: What We Hear You Saying

College for All? Throughout the 20th century, high school graduation statistics steadily improved, reaching a high of approximately 70% in the 1960’s. Now, lawmakers and schools promote a goal of 100% graduation from high school and a college education for all. Meanwhile, respected business leaders have argued that innovation and success in America no longer […]

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Minnesota ranks fifth in student debt

Jessie Bekker, The Minnesota Daily, November 21, 2014 (Photo by Michael Fleshman published under Creative Commons License) Chloe Laabs estimates it will take 20 years to pay off her student loans. The Minnesota Student Association member and University of Minnesota biology, society, and environment sophomore said she’ll graduate with about $41,000 in debt. She’s not alone. The […]

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The Typical Household with Student Loan Debt

Beth Akers, Brookings Brown Center on Education Policy, June 19, 2014 As some scholarsi  have pointed out, the popular narrative around crushing student debt burdens is inconsistent with the reality for most borrowers.  In 2010, 13 percent of households making payments on student loan debt had a balance of more than $50,000 and only three percent […]

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The blogroll edition: Smart thinkers on college readiness, teacher quality

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 8, 2014 – We’re blessed here in Minnesota with a large number of big-brained advocates of public education who write about the policy dilemmas of the day — but in sundry places that you, Dear Reader, may not be in the habit of visiting. And so today I offer you a quick […]

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Taking action to close the workforce skills gap

Sarah Caruso and Inez Wildwood, Star Tribune, Business Forum, April 7, 2013 – We’re proud to call ourselves Minnesotans because our state has long defined itself by three things: a strong work ethic, a dedication to education and a high quality of life. Our historic prosperity is a result of being one of the most highly […]

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Worker skills shortage starts in high school

Tom Robertson, Minnesota Public Radio, April 1, 2013 – If good jobs are going unfilled in parts of Minnesota, some people will tell you the problem starts in high school. Too many young people don’t get exposed to industrial technology careers available to them and thus have neither the awareness nor the training they might make […]

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