Don’t let education get lost in the political shuffle — stand up for public schools

Don’t let education get lost in the political shuffle — stand up for public schools

Tuesday, March 1, is Super Tuesday in Minnesota. Caucuses will be held throughout the state. Minnesota is one of a handful of states that prefers the caucus process to a “primary.” A caucus is an opportunity to place a primary ballot for a presidential candidate, elect delegates and create goals or platform issues.

MSBA encourages you to participate in the caucus process and support an education resolution. You can learn more about it and where your local caucus is by visiting http://mnvotesinfo.sos.state.mn.us/voters/precinct-caucus.

Here are some recommended precinct caucus resolutions you can bring forth:

1. Provide Minnesota public schools with the adequate funding to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the 850,000 students who attend our public schools. Provide local school boards with the tools necessary to make continual progress toward achieving World’s Best Workforce goals:

  • All children are ready to start kindergarten.
  • All third-graders can read at grade level.
  • All achievement gaps between students are closed.
  • All students are ready for career and/or postsecondary education.
  • All students graduate from high school.

2. We urge the state to provide financial support for a comprehensive teacher development and evaluation system that will ensure a high-quality teacher in every classroom throughout the state. Components of the system should include:

  • Flexibility for school boards in recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified teachers from out-of-state.
  • A stronger teacher-mentor model supporting new teachers as they begin their career.
  • Incentives for college students to enter the teaching profession.
  • Support the development and implementation of “Grow Your Own” programs at the local level.
  • The creation of paid internships or loan forgiveness for districts experiencing a teacher shortage.

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