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Money, People, and the Building of Dreams

On Monday morning, hundreds of people piled into an auditorium and a stuffed overflow room at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs. The reason was a presentation, run by former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak, about the work of Generation Next, the massive collaboration of business, nonprofit, and public leaders aimed at changing educational outcomes in the Twin Cities. Three efforts headlined Generation Next’s event. The first is work to ensure all Minneapolis and Saint Paul children are screened for health and development before age 3. The second is to train…

Time Shift for School Students

St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) may follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and Edina in changing their high school start times to be later. University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom’s report: “Examining the Impact of Later High School Start Times on the Health and Academic Performance of High School Students: A Multi-Site Study” was released and reported on in late 2013 and has provided the basis for SPPS’ proposed change. The proposal for SPPS would start elementary schools at 7:30 a.m. and begin middle and high schools classes at…