Saint Paul, MN – State Senator Greg Clausen is pictured receiving the Minnesota School Boards Association Legislator of the Year Award on July 14, 2014. The award is in recognition of Sen. Clausen’s outstanding accomplishments in promoting education in Minnesota.
Sen. Clausen is being recognized for his “tireless advocacy, thoughtful discourse, willingness to tackle complex education finance and policy changes,” according to Grace Keliher, Director of Government Relations for the Minnesota School Boards Association. Keliher added, “We applaud Sen. Clausen’s efforts to ensure local school board member voices are heard at the State Capitol.”
As a member of the K-12 Education Committee, Sen. Clausen worked in a bipartisan manner to pay back the entire $2.8 billion borrowed from schools to balance the state budget. This fall, the first class of all-day kindergartners will enter school. According to Sen. Clausen, “all day kindergarten will help improve literacy and math skills in Minnesota children.”
This year, Sen. Clausen championed location equity funding so school districts can make capital improvements, such as adding classrooms to make room for all-day kindergarten, without having to go to taxpayers for referendums.
However, according to Sen. Clausen, his work is not done. He is planning to continue his work to expand College in the Schools. This program has been successful in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools and allows students to earn college credits while ensuring school districts do not lose important per pupil dollars.