Rena believes that every child in Minnesota deserves a great education, regardless of where they live and will fight to give urban school children the same quality of education that their peers in affluent suburbs receive. She will work with state legislators to create a more equitable system by investing in education to reduce class size, expand proven programs and work to close the achievement gap between students of color and white students.
In an increasingly global society, our young people are entering a job market that's more competitive than ever. Unlike their parents and grandparents, our children are competing in a true global economy. It's our responsibility to give them the education and training they need to keep Minnesota internationally competitive, prosperous, and a great place to live.
Furthermore, Rena will improve affordability and accessibility of higher education. Subsidized grant programs helped Rena earn her college degree, and is currently making college possible for her son Jovan, who will be entering his junior year at Minnesota State-Mankato. She understands the promise and benefits of a quality education, and will be a fierce advocate for the right of all students to reach their full potential.