Education investments vital for strong economy
As Minnesota’s youngsters kick off a new school year, I can think of no better time to reflect on the progress the DFL-led Legislature made this year to help every child reach his or her full potential.
We passed a new state budget that revitalizes our commitment to providing all students with a top-notch public education. Instead of borrowing billions from our schools like the GOP-controlled Legislature did in 2011, DFLers increased funding for schools, expanded scholarships to help moms and dads send their kids to preschool, and made optional all-day kindergarten available to every child free of charge starting in 2014.
Those kinds of investments in our youngsters are a recipe for economic growth and long-lasting shared prosperity. Building a highly educated work force gives Minnesota a competitive edge in an increasingly global economy. And it helps attract and retain major employers that provide our people with good jobs that allow them to support their families.
A quick look at the new state budget’s positive impact on the Pine River-Backus School District shows more than $125,000 ($138 per student) in new funding this school year and more than $635,000 ($684 per student) next year.
I wish the very best for your son or daughter in the new school year. And best of luck to all our sports teams and students participating in extracurricular activities!
Rep. Tom Anzelc,
DFL-Balsam Township, District 5B