Minnesota’s strength comes from our educated workforce. We can be proud of our Eagan schools and the excellent education that our children receive. Unfortunately, not all communities across Minnesota have the financial resources to provide their students with the quality education and opportunities they deserve. Plus, even in well-off districts, not all kids are equally well served. Too many students are left behind.
COVID-19 shined a spotlight on the disparities students across Minnesota face. While some students were able to access distance learning in their homes, others had no access to reliable internet service. Some students logged off and checked out. There were stories about students in rural communities who would find a restaurant in their town with free WI-FI and sit in a parking lot to do their work. We all want what’s best for our kids and that starts with giving them the tools and resources they need to thrive in school.
It’s no mystery why this is happening: state and federal governments shortchange our children’s education when they cut their budgets. Local property taxpayers are often asked to close this gap with levies or referendums. Not all communities can afford to do this. We also have not built environments that are welcoming for all students. Rather than ensuring equity and excellence for all students, we have created haves and have nots.
As your state representative, I will support legislation to:
To do this work, I need your vote in the August 9 primary.