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Where Children, Data, and Equity Meet

It’s not hard to agree that young children shouldn’t face suspension or expulsion except in the most extreme circumstances. Beth Hawkins of MinnPost has provided in-depth coverage of the recent efforts in Minneapolis to address that problem by modifying their rules to make it difficult-to-impossible to send kindergarteners and first graders out of school for misbehavior. It’s the latest in a cluster of recent efforts in different Minnesota districts to address a real problem of equity in our schools. Specifically, the changes in Minneapolis are a reaction to the stark…

College Debts Hold Back Economic Recovery; Need Assistance

Rising college debts are holding back recovery in the housing markets while housing costs converge with college debts to also hold back recovery for the broader U.S. and Minnesota economies. This drag on economic performance isn’t perfectly documented and analyzed yet. It is coming in bits and pieces. Yet an increasing body of financial house studies and analytical journalism finds linkages too strong to be ignored. Two sets of data should grab everyone’s attention, said Darryl Dahlheimer, program director for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s LSS Financial Counseling Service, who…