Senate Republican education bill aims to provide solutions to nonexistent issues

Instead of addressing school funding shortfalls, confronting the opportunity gap, providing mental health support, or tackling teacher retention and recruitment, Senate Republicans chose instead to spend time pushing far-right influenced legislation that has virtually zero chance of becoming law. This political distraction hurts our students, parents, teachers, and schools.

The bill duplicates current Minnesota law that already gives parents the right to review curriculum but would also prohibit districts from recouping the costs of expensive data requests coming from outside interest groups intent on overburdening teachers and administrators.

The bill is opposed by the Minnesota Parent Teacher Association and fails to prioritize the real issues facing our parents and schools. With an unprecedented budget surplus, we have a historic opportunity to invest in the real needs of our students, parents, and teachers that will ensure that every child receives a world-class education. (SF 2575)