The future of Minnesota’s students and businesses depend on a strong system of public education, one which gives students all across Minnesota an equal opportunity for success and produces enough educated workers to drive forward our state’s economy.
The foundation of the system rests on well-trained teachers, adequately supported students and ultimately policy makers taking the responsibility to create the conditions in which teaching and learning succeeds or fails.
Investing in smaller class sizes, high-quality training for educators, learning environments where students get the supports they need and competitive compensation packages are key to attracting and retaining great educators.
But Minnesota has failed to make those needed investments and now faces a critical teacher shortage, particularly in greater Minnesota and with teachers of color.
One of the biggest problems is the state’s share of funding schools hasn’t kept pace with inflation—it’s 10 percent less than 2003 in real dollars. Ninety-three percent of Minnesota’s 332 school districts are projected to receive less real per-pupil aid in 2017 than in 2003, according to the North Star Policy Institute.
If Minnesotans truly want to create public schools our students deserve, we must invest state funding so we can:
For more information, contact:
• Megan Boldt — 651-292-4818, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Jodee Buhr — 651-292-4830, email@example.com
• Kathi Micheletti — 651-292-4890, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Paul Winkelaar — 651-292-4837, email@example.com