Addressing Minnesota's achievement gap needs to be one of our top priorities for securing the long term health of our local and state economies, as well as the future individual success of all our children. Focusing on standardized tests while diverting funds away from, and delaying payments to, our public school systems does not encourage or support our school districts to be successful nor competitive.
I will support education reform that reduces the achievement gap in our state and allows us to turn away from standardized testing that limits our educational breadth and approach. I will fight any attempt to place the blame of our struggling schools on the backs of our teachers. I will work to ensure that Minnesota can continue to produce the educated and skilled workforce our local business leaders have come to rely upon and will need to thrive in the future.