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That’s so even though research shows that while all-day kindergarten is nice to have — and politically popular with middle-class parents — intervention with at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds is crucial to closing the learning gap.
In 1860, Minnesotans were frontier folk without much sense of themselves or their state as special. By 1865, they were fully connected to and invested in the nation. War veterans came home convinced that the Minnesota they were building could rank among the nation’s leaders in opportunity, prosperity and justice.
That ambition has elevated this state for 150 years. But it’s due for some renewal.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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