A strong public education system is key to opportunity for all Minnesota students. The globalized 21st century economy demands a well-educated flexible workforce only possible through education. Every Minnesota child deserves an opportunity for a high quality, challenging educational experience.
*We have both a moral and practical imperative to close the achievement gap in Minnesota.
*We need to remember the whole child when we make education decisions and plan for their academic, social, and physical development.
*We need to hold educators accountable but need to balance that with a collaborative approach respecting the professional insights and skills that they bring to work everyday.
*Strengthening early childhood programs is key to providing all kids with an equitable start and strong base to build on for their future.