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Education

  • In the last two years the legislature took huge steps to improve education, starting with paying back to the schools the money that the GOP borrowed.
  • In addition the legislature provided additional money for every school and every student including free all-day kindergarten for every child. Jean was especially pleased about all-day kindergarten for all. She authored the first law to provide state funds for an all-day kindergarten option and believed that fully funding it was long overdue.
  • Jean was also glad that the legislature vastly improved Minnesota’s anti-bullying policies; when children feel safer, they can focus on learning and achieving.
  • After a report showed that some students were denied lunches because of an inability to pay, we expanded the reduced-price lunch program and provided free breakfast for kindergarteners to help children succeed in the classroom.
  • This year we made major advances for improving English Language Learning.
  • We froze tuition at all public Minnesota colleges and universities.
  • As we go forward Jean wants us to complete our work to make high quality early childhood education available to every family and to take on the challenge of high student debt for college graduates and their families.
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