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ST. PAUL, Minnesota. Aug. 30, 2022 – The gubernatorial campaign of Scott Jensen and Matt Birk on Tuesday presented a 10-point education plan, including vouchers for private schools, curriculum restrictions, privatization schemes and promises to micromanage already overburdened educators with redundant paperwork.
Education Minnesota President Denise Specht said:
“This looks like a list of greatest hits of failed and discredited policies from the past 20 years of the billionaire-funded school privatization movement, with a few nods to the latest MAGA fads of book bans, whitewashing history lessons, harassing educators and generally making schools less welcoming, inclusive and effective for all our students. Every Minnesota student, no matter their gender, how they look or where they live deserves a great public school in their community, with a full staff of trained educators and dedicated professionals who can provide the mental health support that students’ need. Our union remains committed to providing a world-class education to our students and electing politicians who will make the biggest corporations and wealthiest households pay what they truly owe our communities in taxes so Minnesota can finally fully fund its schools.”
About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.