Our children are literally the future of our community. Well-educated children become well-educated, highly-skilled adults with gainful employment, contributing back to the community that raised them. When our children thrive, our neighborhoods thrive and our state thrives.
More and more, education has become a political football. In an era when our Legislature finds it appropriate to borrow $3 billion from our schools to balance its own budget, a measure our current legislators voted for, we need to step back and consider what we truly value.
Education is not a gimmick, and shouldn't be treated like one. All of our children deserve equal opportunities for success. The quality of a child's education should not depend on the value of his or her neighbor's home.
Our children are being tested to death. We need to reform how we measure our students' and schools' success.
The cold reality is that Minnesota has the fourth-largest class sizes of all the states in the nation. Our kids need us. The Legislature must stop playing with our children's' future to temporarily plug the budget holes that they created.