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
Many school districts across the state are facing budget deficits as a result of the increasing costs of providing mandated resources for students who require special education support. In addition, 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. I believe strongly in ensuring that all students have the tools they need in order to fully develop their abilities, 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.
Minnesota is one of the most expensive states for childcare, with annual childcare costs nearing or exceeding the cost of college tuition. In addition to addressing the overall cost of childcare, I want to help move Minnesota forward by providing the opportunity for parents to enroll their children in optional, tuition-free pre-kindergarten education. Not only will optional, tuition-free pre-kindergarten enrollment options eliminate an extra year of childcare costs for many parents, but many studies show that a pre-kindergarten education is extremely beneficial for long-term child development.