Thanks for the invitation to participate in this "Generation Next" discussion in seeking solutions to the problems in education.
Of course it doesn't help to have a teacher union like Minnesota Education supporting and funding the campaigns of politicians who are the enemies of public education like Republican State Representative Tony Cornish.
When it comes to jobs, Affirmative Action needs to be enforced if the youth being trained for jobs are going to get the jobs they are being educated and trained for.
Mr. Rybak, I think you are trying to make the problems more complex and confusing than what they really are.
Oh, and feed the kids free breakfast and free lunch in school... I don't know if you understand this or not, but it is very difficult to learn on an empty stomach.
One other thing; start sending kids at a young age to special classes designed for them in the colleges and universities on Saturdays. Let the kids get a little feel for higher education.
Good luck in your efforts to improve our public schools.
Looking forward to your response,