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Minnesota’s early learning efforts get national forum

Chuck Slocum, Star Tribune, November 3, 2013 – I recently attended a birthday party to celebrate and honor 40 years of service by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Truth be told, I think I was a last-minute invite because Edelman knew I was a Republican businessman who has been working on early […]

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Community Schools: A Worthwhile Investment

Cheryl D. Hayes and Richard R. Buery Jr., Education Week, August 20, 2013 – Much of the investment we have made in public school reform over the past decade has failed to pay dividends because it has focused almost exclusively on the classroom-instruction side of the teaching-and-learning equation. Research has made it clear that instructional improvements […]

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Arne Duncan promotes Preschool for All to close ‘opportunity gap’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, July 16, 2013 – Pity Arne Duncan. No matter the news he’s come to share, whenever the U.S. secretary of education sets foot in Minnesota he’s somehow upstaged by a local. In Bloomington Tuesday morning to promote a White House proposal that could funnel nearly $39 million to Minnesota preschoolers, Duncan drew a […]

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Minnesota needs to measure budget effectiveness

Peter Heegaard and Angie Eilers, Star Tribune Commentary, June 24, 2013 – Now that another legislative session has come to an end, Minnesotans should be asking: What are the outcomes and how do we know what we are getting for a $38 billion budget? The answers we should expect are that our dollars are achieving the […]

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Taxing Gatsby to invest in Ricardo makes sense

Dane Smith, MinnPost, May 30, 2013 – At the commencement ceremony recently for some 1,200 proud young scientists and engineers graduating from the University of Minnesota, several speakers reminded us that from these ranks in previous years came the job-producing creativity that helped create or nurture Medtronic, Cray Research, 3M and Cargill, as well as life-enhancing  innovations […]

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Minnesota’s reputation needs legislative help

Derek Larson, St. Cloud Times Writers Group, April 2, 2013 – Each month, the Gallup organization surveys a broad sample of Americans on a range of issues including physical and emotional health, life satisfaction, work satisfaction and a quality-of-life catchall labeled “access.” The results are reported on a state-by-state basis, with Minnesota joining Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, […]

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As Dayton pushes for preschool, a success story in cultivating young minds

Laura Yuen, Minnesota Public Radio, March 4, 2013 – Many Minnesotans like to think that by offering quality classroom instruction starting in kindergarten, the state is ensuring that children can make it in life. But at the Bigelow Head Start program in St. Paul, learning comes much earlier, even at a restroom faucet that comes up […]

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Do early childhood programs for poor kids work?

Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, February 14, 2013 – Lately, we’re hearing a lot about the benefits of early childhood education — especially for poor kids. In his state of the union speech Tuesday President Obama spotlighted the benefits of money spent on quality early childhood education: “…the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she […]

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Giving our public schools their due

Dane Smith, Star Tribune Commentary, December 9, 2012 – When I tutor kids at public schools in St. Paul, I’m always cheered by their buoyant eagerness to learn. But I’m equally impressed by the earnest and optimistic attention to improving results that I see from dedicated, overworked teachers and principals — most of them presiding […]

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Coalition seeks $150 million more for Minnesota early-childhood education

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, December 4, 2012 – Advocates for Minnesota’s earliest learners want the state to invest an additional $150 million a year to give the neediest children access to high-quality child care and preschool programs. Researchers and economists agree that when it comes to return on investment, early-childhood education gives taxpayers the biggest bang […]

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