A new statewide report on school readiness shows many of Minnesota’s youngest citizens face hurdles that affect their learning in kindergarten and beyond.
At the root of the problem is poverty, says Richard Chase, key author of the first School Readiness Report, which was prepared by Wilder Research for the Minnesota Office of Early Learning.
Not only do one in five of the states’ 420,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers live in poverty, but of that group about 30 percent are children of color whose poverty rate is a steep 61 percent, Chase says.
Yet the data shows not enough of those youngsters are getting the help they need to succeed.
If church leaders had taken action in the wake of Father Thomas Adamson’s first admission that he sexually abused a young boy, Jim Keenan would likely never have met him, much less ended up one of the priest’s dozens of victims.
Tunheim’s conclusions carry some weight, considering that he has been, for almost two decades, chair of a special board that reviewed all records relating to the assassination.
But this is a failure of stewardship writ large, in neon lights, at the national level. This is all about short-term tactics in the face of some of the most serious long-term issues we’ve ever faced as a nation. It was the heights of irresponsibility.
John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management, great-grandson of President William Howard Taft and grandson of Sen. Robert Taft
What with Facebook mining every bit of wit and wisdom we post online, Google Earth spying on our backyard doings, and now the NSA sucking up information on cell phone calls and emails like a Dyson DC41, Americans could be forgiven if we started wearing tinfoil hats to try to keep our thoughts to ourselves.
With 118 of 119 precincts reporting, Hodges had 36 percent of first-round votes, and Andrew had nearly 25 percent.
The debate in Washington about cutting federal food assistance for low-income people as part of the fight over the farm bill is getting a lot of attention, but a reduction in food aid for the needy is already kicking in with far less notice.
On Friday, a temporary increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits — put in place by Congress to help low-income people get through the Great Recession — expires.
The country’s neediest, including most of the 536,900 Minnesotans receiving government food assistance, will lose about $5 billion from the program popularly known as food stamps.
As of Nov. 1, an individual who receives benefits of $200 will be allocated $189, a decrease of $11. A family of four receiving $668 will receive about $36 less a month.
That decrease, for anyone accustomed to forking over $3 to $4 for a fancy coffee, may not seem like much.
But the Nov. 1 reduction and proposals to cut another $40 billion over 10 years as part of the new farm bill worry advocates for the poor in Minnesota.
“The proposed cuts would increase hunger among Minnesotans who still struggle to put food on the table during the slow economic recovery,’’ says the Rev. Alison Killeen, director of organizing and practical theology with the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition.
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The Jeff Johnson campaign for governor could take it as a compliment. Just 48 hours after the Hennepin County commissioner won a straw poll of Republicans at the party’s central committee meeting, Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM), the aggressive DFL-support group, mined the Internet and found a couple of questionable posts by campaign aide Craig Westover.
On a sunny day over Labor Day weekend, I traveled down the narrow two-lane road, passing turnoffs for such bucolic-sounding streets as Pleasant Lane and Evergreen Court. On the left, I found the historic site and parked my car in a nearly empty half-circle dirt area next to a blue Chevrolet pickup truck with an American flag decal in the back window.