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The decisions state legislators make affect your classroom, school and profession. State funding dictates what districts can do about class sizes, special education caseloads, even the condition of your building.

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What we do

Education Minnesota has paid lobbyists and hundreds of fellow Minnesota educators fighting for you at the Capitol, connecting with legislators and other state officials to ensure their voices are heard when decisions are made. We track legislation, keep you informed and arm you with the resources you need to influence public policy.

A lot of people think they know what’s best for students without asking educators. Your union gives you a seat at the table because educators know what’s best for students.

What we’re fighting for

A strong system of public schools, one that gives every Minnesota student an equal opportunity for success – no matter what they look like or where they come from – will strengthen our communities and improve the lives of children and their families. 

If we are serious about making sure every student can pursue their dreams, our state needs to get serious about funding what works.  

Here are just some of the issues we’re prioritizing at the state Capitol. Materials will be updated to reflect the legislative agenda above as we approach the 2024 legislative session.

Minnesota’s system of care and education for our youngest children is in urgent need of dramatic overhaul.

Minnesota’s share of funding for public school districts hasn’t kept pace with inflation—it’s now 11.8 percent less than it was in 2003 in real dollars. It’s time for Minnesota to fully fund public education to give students and educators the safe and racially just schools they deserve. The state needs to invest billions of dollars into strategies proven to help our students succeed.

Everyone who works in public education deserves the same things. Respect for their contribution to the care and education of our students. Fair compensation for their work, including affordable health care. Safe working conditions. Unfortunately, most education support professionals (ESPs) across Minnesota don’t get enough of any of those.

Educator pension plans are designed as a tool for employers to attract skilled workers and get them to stay in the profession, often with the same employer until they retire. The Minnesota Legislature needs to examine the breadth of options available to make teaching attractive. That includes enhanced retirement benefits that recognize and reward teachers’ hard work on behalf of students.

Education Minnesota is working with dozens of community allies around the state on specific proposals to truly provide every student – no matter what they look like or where they come from – with racially just schools and educators who are culturally competent.

Get involved

The most effective advocates for public schools are you and your colleagues. Get involved!

Lobby Days

The most effective advocates for public schools in Minnesota are the front-line educators who guide our students toward successful lives every day, which is why Education Minnesota has made it easier than ever for members to participate in lobby days.

Take action

Write a letter to the editor

Write a letter to the editor and submit to your local newspaper(s) on major education issues. We make it easy with our LTE templates!

Email your legislators

Make room in the 2024 supplemental budget for teacher pensions

Fair pension reform is a top priority for all Minnesota teachers. It’s also key to recruiting and retaining more educators in our state. Minnesota is quickly becoming non-competitive in the nation for teachers, including on salaries, pensions, and working conditions. Email your legislators to help us secure more funding and fix current inequities!

Ask your state representative to support lowering TRA Tier 2 penalties

To have the best chance at passing TRA Tier 2 penalty reduction this year, we need a full co-author list on the penalty reduction bill authored by Rep. Dan Wolgamott. Contact your local representative using this easy form to ask them to sign on and support this critical legislation.

Support aspiring educators by waiving tuition, paying them during student teaching

We need more students going into teaching. Two bills we support in the 2024 legislative session would do that by paying aspiring educators during their student teaching semester and waiving tuition during that time. Student teachers deserve laws that support their financial well-being during what could be the hardest semester of their programs. Email your legislators and tell them to support this legislation!

Raise revenue for reliable, sustained education funding

Public education received record funding increases in 2023, but our schools need more than one-time spending. Tell your legislators to reject any new tax cuts that favor the rich and support proposals that will ensure the wealthiest Minnesotans and the largest corporations start paying what they truly owe in taxes so our schools can have the resources they need.

Support the ESP Bill of Rights

Everyone who works in public education deserves the same things. Unfortunately, most education support professionals don’t get enough respect in their schools, fair compensation for their work or safe working conditions. Sign our petition to urge the Minnesota Legislature to pass legislation benefitting these professionals.