Improving American Education: Looking beyond our borders

AAMAAgDGAAoAAQAAAAAAAAq_AAAAJDc2YTU5OTIwLWM2MjctNDQ0MS1hNjc2LTY0ZmY4MWVkYmQ4OQ Since the 1980s when politicians blamed our public schools for our economy falling behind Japan, we‘ve struggled with how to improve them. Many complained about how our schools were stuck in a 19th century mode of educating our young people but instead of consulting with experts and learning from the latest research they decided that a […]

Jeffrey Sachs and “Future Now”

opportunity Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University Professor and director of the Earth Institute has joined entrepreneur Adam Pritzker and former New York State Senator Daniel Squadron to begin the Future Now project to achieve ‘America’s Goals’ by 2030. Much of the proposal is mentioned in his recent book, Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable. Much of what […]

TRUMP’S WRONG HEADED TAX CUT PROPOSALS DENY US ABILITY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS WE FACE

IMG_1821     The President and his allies in Congress are talking about their big plans for ‘huge’ tax cuts in the midst of massive weather related destruction. Making outrageous claims that this is what will bring about ‘tremendous’ economic growth, increased wages and increased job creation right here in America. All this from a man […]

New Laws Effective 7/1/14: Kill Switch, Pollinators, Broadband Connectivity, etc.

capitol New Laws going into effect on 7/1/14 reflect a wide range of goals for the state. Here are just some of the highlights: Education: The per-pupil basic education formula was increased. State colleges and universities are directed to develop a plan to help students transfer credits more easily. Gender Pay Gap: laws addressing expanded parental leave, […]

Bonding Proposal/Cash Plan has Broad Reach

Capital This year’s bonding proposal/cash plan which came out of the House Capital Investment Committee was released today. It includes $914.6 million in projects, $850 million of which will need to be borrowed through the bonding process. The University of Minnesota and MnSCU will both receive money for projects including $56 million to renovate the Tate […]

December Notice of Vacancies Posted

boardroom The Secretary of State’s Office released the monthly notice of vacancies that have occurred in multi-member state agencies. This month’s vacancies include positions on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council and others.

Economy Talk to take a break, here is a summary

Jeff Johnson Over the past several months I have brought you 30 conversations dealing with our current economic situation.  I invited guests from a variety of backgrounds to come and talk with me about how our economy works, how we ended up in a deep recession and how we might get out of it.  In addition I […]

A Knee Jerk Liberal

My good friend Deborah (Arnie) Arneson sent me an e-mail link to a blog post reviewing one of her recent speeches I pass it on as a follow up to my recent post: Arnie was, in a word, heroic. She concluded by reading a small portion of a 1991 article written by James Michener. Michener […]

Sorting Out Our School Levy Referendum – Nov. 8

We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about whether or not there is enough funding for our local schools and whether more funding will help the schools or not. Again you here that tired phrase, “We must live with in our means. We only have so much money.” It is true for some but not […]
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