From The Blog
by Daniel Sellers
Education was one of the hottest topics at the Capitol this year—and when special session ended earlier this month, Minnesota made huge investments and policy changes to strengthen our schools, from increasing the basic per pupil formula to improving teacher licensure.
While there's still work to do to set all kids up for success, we wanted to take a moment to step back and explain to you in more detail how our top legislative priorities played out in 2015.
1. Streamline licensure for out-of-state teachers
Great schools change everything.
Launched in 2011, MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now is an education reform advocacy nonprofit. MinnCAN is a movement of nearly 12,000 Minnesotans–and growing–dedicated to creating the political will to enact smart, research-backed public policies to ensure that every Minnesota child has access to a great public school.
Careers in the STEM fields continue to be some of the highest-paying and fastest growing in the nation. Encouraging our kids, especially girls and students of color, to excel in math and science is the first step in ensuring America's innovation and competitiveness in an increasingly high-tech economy.Drew Palmer
I care about public schools in Minnesota because I believe a good education is key for the personal success of our children and the economic vitality of our state.Sarah Morris
We all contribute to a child's education, directly and indirectly. Directly, we must support responsible public policy. Indirectly, we must promote a responsible educational culture. In both cases, we need all hands on deck.Ben Davis