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Community Solutions Podcast

Jun 7, 2019 We hear The MN Department of Education and our school districts talking about the looming "education gap" between the advantaged and the disadvantaged. Minorities, the poor, and those with tough family situations can never achieve the same kinds of success as their counterparts that seem to "have it all". Really? Isn't American history rife with stories of people that overcame all the odds to achieve more than they had ever dreamed possible? Of course it is. Instead of studying those people and trying to find the secret to their success, the MN Department of Education just wants to throw $600 Million at the problem. Oh, we've tried this before, but have not seen any measurable improvement. Why not try it again? That's because they don't have any answers, save that the government is our answer. The only thing progressives understand is taking more of our money and throwing it at a problem with no plan and no accountability for improvement. We argue that they could throw $600 quadrillion at the "education gap" and never see the results they desire. We have some ideas... or rather some solutions. We'd love to hear what you think!

We also check back in on the evolving saga that is the Lakeland City Council. If you remember a few episodes ago, we told you all about council member, Jim Stanton, who resigned... then tried to un-resign... then resigned again, because there was a disagreement about his being elected to the city council while holding two part-time staff positions with the city. Mayor, Richard Glasgow, supported Stanton staying in place, and after the departed city councilman left, unilaterally selected and appointed Stanton's replacement, Doug Sand. This has resulted in the creation of a concerned citizen's group, the cancelling of the meeting to swear in Sand, and the involvement of the Washington County Sherrif's office. Ruh roh...

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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