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Joe Nathan Center For School Change Here’s good news for Minnesota students, families and taxpayers about closing achievement gaps and improving high school graduation rates. State data shows dramatically better high school graduation rates for students who take at least 240 hours of career technical courses – that’s between two or three courses. These can [...]

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ECM Editorial Board The year 2013 brought good news for education. The Minnesota Legislature approved additional funds for early childhood education and for all-day kindergarten. Eighty-six percent of local school levies were approved. Money borrowed from school districts during poor economic times have been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series of editorials last [...]

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Tom Vilsack United States Secretary of Agriculture America’s farmers and ranchers work hard every day to put healthy food on our tables. Thanks to their incredible productivity, we have the capacity to produce enough food not only for every American family, but for much of the world. In a nation with such an abundance of food [...]

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Tim Penny SMIF President/CEO Here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), during the past year, we highlighted our work in entrepreneur development. It was an exciting year of partnerships, growth and progress as we watched our dollars at work in the lives of business owners across our region. In 2014, we will spend the year [...]

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