As an 8-year-old, Dr. Alice Mann’s family moved to the United States in search of an opportunity. She was given the best gift a person can receive – opportunity.
“All of our children need to receive that same gift. How can we say we are giving our children the best opportunity we can if we are underfunding our public schools? Every child in Minnesota deserves a quality education, ” Mann said.
If the state does not adequately fund public education, the bill gets passed down to our local residents through voter-approved referenda.
Our state registers some of the largest achievement gaps in the country. We need to dedicate our work to closing these gaps — those are children that are falling through the cracks of our education system. The best investment we can make is in the education of our children.
Minnesota needs to step up as a state, and ensure that public education is fully funded: that students with special needs receive needed services, that educators are properly compensated, and that programs are widely available to all of our children.