Sen. Isaacson statement on 2017 Education Bill
ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a $1.65 billion surplus, DFL legislators worked to invest in Minnesota’s values and what has made Minnesota’s economy strong in order to build a better future for everyone. Minnesotans expect the legislature to get their work done and done on time. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the legislature was forced into a special session lasting four days. State Senator Jason Isaacson (DFL-Shoreview) released the following statement on the provisions in the E12 bill which he voted against:
“The E12 bill I voted against is anti-teacher, anti-labor, and anti-student. There are two provisions in the bill I strongly oppose. One is the licensing provision that will allow untrained teachers in our classroom. This will not raise the standards that we’ve come to expect in our classroom. The second is an attack on teacher tenure. The language is incredibly harmful to our most effective teachers. We need their experience in our classroom. Minnesota already has a teacher shortage problem, getting rid of this policy will exacerbate it, and students will be the ones who suffer the most.
Additionally, as much as I appreciate the increase to 2 and 2 percent on the funding formula, this budget ignores the other needs of schools like special education programs, pensions, school nutrition, and libraries. Essentially this budget is a lie, schools still need to fund these critical functions and were not given the necessary funds to do so. Teachers and students will still suffer.”