Education is the key to success for us as a prosperous nation. We all have a vested interest in the educational achievement of the next generation.
I believe that teachers are the core element of any successful school. Teachers are the essence of our children's educational experience. The current system deters the rewarding of excellent teachers and artificially protects underperforming teachers who would benefit by seeking employment elsewhere. A teacher's pay should be based upon performance and not upon a longevity model formulated in the 1920's.
I believe education is a states issue and that revenue that is taxed on the auspices of education in Minnesota should stay in Minnesota. Transferring the power of educating our children from local and state entities to federal control puts our schools at risk for becoming a target for lobbyists and special interest groups. As a parent, I feel much more confident in assisting in the direction of our schools at a local level than I do following an impersonal, and at times implausible, mandate from the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
I feel that the dollars assigned to each student within the state of Minnesota should follow that student to any school that student's parents feel is in the best interest of their child. Competition between public, private and charter schools serve as a catalyst for better performance of all schools and will provide a better educational product for our children.