Education Minnesota repeated its call for educators and other adults in the school community to keep themselves and their students safe after the Minnesota Department of Health reported the first two COVID-19 deaths of school staff members in the current school year.
ST. PAUL, Minn. Sept. 13, 2021 – The leaders of some of the most prominent groups in public education, representing school boards, superintendents, administrators, school business officials, principals, special education administrators, teachers and other educators from across the state, have issued a joint statement in support of increasing education equity, including in race and gender.
Education Minnesota reacted Friday to President Joe Biden’s sweeping plan to increase the number of vaccinated Americans and counter the threat of the COVID-19 delta variant, a plan which includes new vaccine mandates for American educators.
Nearly all Minnesota students are back in their classrooms this week as school districts continue to receive historic investments in public education from the federal and state governments, including a $29 million in new funding to ensure that enrollment losses related to the pandemic last year don’t harm students this fall.
Education Minnesota responded Friday to the release of the latest Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, which were offered to students during the spring of 2021 when many districts were returning to in-person learning after disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Natalia Benjamin, a high school English learner and ethnic studies teacher at Century High School in the Rochester school district, is the 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Education Minnesota encouraged the administration of Gov. Tim Walz to work with unions of educators that work directly for the state to quickly and fairly implement the vaccine mandate announced Wednesday.
Education Minnesota and its local unions will continue encouraging all educators to get vaccinated because it’s the best way, along with masking, to keep Minnesota students safe and learning in-person for the upcoming school year.
Education Minnesota said Wednesday it supports a safe and equitable return to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, which can best be accomplished by following the guidance of state and federal health officials for restricting the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in schools.
Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature are poised to make strategic, long-term investments that bring the state’s financial support of public schools closer to Education Minnesota’s goal of full and equitable funding of public education.