Investing in our youngest citizens is the most important thing we do to guarantee the economic and social wellbeing of our community. Our children are our future. I support full funding of quality child care for working class families. Education is one of my top priorities. Minnesota has been recognized as having the best public schools in the nation. However, Minnesota also has one of the largest educational achievement gaps in the nation. When we compare educational outcomes among children from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, we find that children of color and American Indian children are not doing well at all. Children of color have dramatically lower rates of graduation than white children in Minnesota and this disparity in graduation rates is unacceptable. Closing the gap between students of color and white students should be the state's top priority. I will fight to ensure that all of Minnesota's children have the opportunity to receive a quality education that will prepare them to successfully compete in today's economy.
Minnesota needs a clear, practical, well funded plan to eliminate educational disparities now. Children of color are the fastest growing population in the state. Ensuring that all children receive good education will ensure that Minnesota maintains the quality of life that has distinguished our state for many decades.