Tim Walz for governor
Tim Walz is a former high school geography teacher who currently serves as a U.S. represenative for Minnesota's First Congressional District. He was first elected to Congress in 2006.
His running mate is Peggy Flanagan, a state representative serving House District 46A since 2015.
In Walz' endorsement questionnaire, he pledged to increase school funding (including money for mental health resources and full-service community schools) and fight for racial equity -- both in the classroom and out. He is a strong supporter of unions and collective bargaining rights and has vowed to keep vouchers and other privatization efforts out of Minnesota.
"Minnesota has exceptional schools that are the backbone of this state. As a former public school teacher, I will always do everything in my power to protect our public education system from privatization," he said.
“Tim Walz was a classroom teacher for 20 years and is a leader who knows what it takes to prepare each and every student for a successful life,” said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota. “His running mate, Peggy Flanagan, has a strong record of advocating for children and families. This is the right team to lead Minnesota for the next four years.”
Here's why educators should care:
- Public education shouldn't be at the mercy of politics. But it is.
- The next governor and Legislature will decide classroom issues, such as class size and licensing standards, and pocketbook issues, like student loan debt and health care costs.
- The next governor must also protect our collective bargaining rights and can keep Minnesota from becoming a "right-to-work" state.