ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2013 Session will be known as the Education Session following Governor Dayton’s signing of a historic E-12 finance bill into law. On June 5th, Senator Wiger (DFL – Maplewood) attended a ceremonial signing with Governor Dayton and other education leaders of the $40 million investment into early learning scholarships to ensure that all Minnesota students will have access to a world class education, regardless of zip code.
“We knew this session we had to return to the priorities that have made Minnesota the state it is today,” said Senator Wiger, chair of the Senate Education Finance Committee. “With these investments, we are committing to our youngest learners and making sure they are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. With this investment, our schools will be the envy of the country.”
Research has shown a consistent return on investment for early education. Studies estimate that the state’s return on investment could be as large as 16-1 for every dollar spent on early education.
“I’m proud of all the work we have done for education this session, and I know we are laying a groundwork for a great future for our youngest learners and our state.”