As a member of the E-12 Finance committee, State Senator Tom Saxhaug plays an important role in shaping school funding for Minnesota. This session, with Gov. Dayton’s budget proposal, has seen a much-needed renewal in our commitment to investing in our children and the achievement gap.
“The last decade has seen an inadequate investment in education, especially in our young kids,” said Senator Saxhaug. “We need to focus on early education and making sure our children are prepared to learn when they enter kindergarten.”
One group that promotes investing in early education is MinneMinds. It is a statewide campaign to increase public funding for access to high quality early care and education programs proven to prepare our children for success in school and life.
“Research has shown that when we invest in early education, it pays dividends for the state in the long-term. Every dollar we spend on early education saves future spending on police, courts, prisons, healthcare and social services.”
Itasca County in north central Minnesota has an organization dedicated to ensuring children have an opportunity to receive quality pre-kindergarten education. Invest Early partners with families and early childhood programs in order to provide the best possible start for all children.
“Invest Early, and other programs similar to it, have been carrying the torch for too long. It is time for state government to join them in championing the benefits of early education.”
For any questions about E-12 financing or any other issue, contact Senator Saxhaug at 651-296-4136 or you can send letters to Senator Saxhaug at 328 Capitol, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155.