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The People Who Make Community Schools Work

Five years ago, I was getting ready to teach at Brooklyn Center High School. Both during my time there and in the years afterward, one of the aspects of the school that has stuck with me the most is its commitment to being a full-service community school. While it’s easy to use “community school” and “neighborhood school” interchangeably, community schools as described by the Coalition for Community Schools coordinate with community partners to provide a range of services on site that help students and families challenge the…

Discussion: Co-ops Not Just for Farmers Anymore

The best known co-ops are Minnesota’s oldest and largest co-ops like CHS, Land-O-Lakes and American Crystal Sugar. Co-ops regularly touch all Minnesotans lives yet most of us barely recognized their impact, much less their potential for growing Minnesota’s economy. How do we use co-ops to help people create wealth, grow family stability and anchor communities? How can we move from traditional co-ops to new uses?

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New Data Show Big Drop in City Revenue, Spending

As governor from 2003 to 2011, Tim Pawlenty chided local governments for failing to "live within their means." A recent report reveals that T-Paw's accusations were wildly off target. The total revenue of all Minnesota cities declined by 9.2 percent from 2003 to 2012 in real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) dollars, while…

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