Education for a Stable Future
Investing in educational pathways that are best suited for individual students is essential to create a stable society in Minnesota. Much of our job growth and economic prosperity depends on making a lifespan investment in the education of all students.
Investing in education
Our state succeeds when we invest in comprehensive educational pathways that support the academic growth of all students throughout their lives. State spending on education in Minnesota has not kept up with the cost of inflation, leaving students, schools, and teachers to work with less financial support. As a result, the individualized needs of many students who are achieving at-or-above grade-level, as well as those who require special educational resources, are not able to be addressed. I believe strongly in ensuring that all students have the tools they need to fully develop their capabilities, and I am committed to securing fair pay for our educators who guide their development.
Making post-secondary education more affordable
The cost of a post-secondary education continues to rise in Minnesota. Whether someone chooses to pursue a four-year college, two-year college, or vocational/technical educational path, increasing educational affordability will help to alleviate the burden of student loan debt that prevents many Minnesotans from achieving financial prosperity. I am committed to developing opportunities for student loan debt forgiveness for Minnesotans who attend school, and agree to work in our state for a period of five years after completing their educations.
supporting early-childhood development
Providing affordable, well-rounded options for families to support early-childhood development is essential to ensuring a child can achieve life-long success. I am committed to exploring comprehensive early-childhood resource options including investing in community-based support programs, developing better educational resources for families, and working towards reducing the cost of childcare. In addition to these approaches, establishing appropriate, optional pre-kindergarten educational options would provide an overall balanced approach to the broad developmental needs of all children.