Education is a true North Star value. Many of us—including me—chose to call Edina home because of its excellent schools. At the Legislature, I will work for high-quality schools for all our children, E-12. I will also champion secondary higher education options for all who desire to learn more to contribute to our community, state and our world.
As a mom of two children, I know first-hand the importance of high-quality public schools. As your State Representative, I will work to fund our K-12 public schools to keep them among the best in the nation.
Minnesota is unique in its commitment to statewide funding of public schools—it is up to the Legislature to ensure we adequately fund our schools. Yet, the State has chronically underfunded our public schools and saddled them with mandates. Our children are facing a changing future, and we must give them the education they need to thrive.
I will also work to give publicly elected school boards more discretion in the management of their schools. All of the mandates from the State limit local creativity and innovation and force our teachers to teach to the test. School boards are directly accountable to voters—let’s give them the flexibility to deliver on ideas that their communities value.
As PTO President, I took groups of parents to the Legislature to lobby for increased funding. I have worked on the strategic plan of Edina schools and seen the tremendous talent of our local leaders in teaching. Elect me, and we can give our school districts the tools they need to develop the next generation of Minnesota citizens.
Early Childhood Education
Parents need better options for their children before kindergarten. That’s why I support a voluntary Pre-K program through the public schools. We need to provide opportunity for our youngest learners and ensure all children are ready for kindergarten. With your support, I will work to adequately fund our schools and give them the tools they need to innovated and address the needs of our earliest learners.
Edina—and our state—depend on higher education institutions to drive innovation and resilience in our State’s economy. But for too many young Minnesotans, a higher education has left them with crushing debt.
So many young people delay starting families or buying homes because of their student debt. Minnesota must be a state where students can work their way through college. Chronic underfunding of our institutions of higher learning has shifted a heavy burden onto the backs of our future families.
Protecting higher education also creates opportunities for Minnesota. Our colleges bring bright young people to our State and encourage our home-grown leaders to stay in Minnesota. In addition, a highly skilled workforce encourages businesses to start or relocate in our State. Our many institutions also contribute to our future with research focused on Minnesotan assets and challenges. Open heart surgery was invented at the University of Minnesota, and now our State is a leader in the medical industry.
As a legislator, I will use my proven analytical and team-building skills to strengthen our higher learning institutions. We need them to fulfill their role in building the future of our State.