St. Paul, Minn. – Senator Greg Clausen (DFL – Apple Valley) released the following statement regarding Governor Dayton’s budget proposal for Pre-Kindergarten education:
“I applaud Governor Dayton for once again making Pre-K funding a priority in his 2018 supplemental budget. The Legislature’s failure to pass a permanent budget for this program in 2017 requires renewed funding in the 2018 supplemental budget to keep our commitment to Minnesota families. Governor Dayton’s proposal continues and expands current Pre-K funding by five percent each year, offering thousands more Minnesota students the opportunity for quality early education.”
“If the Legislature fails to act, almost 4,000 children across 59 school districts would lose access to Pre-K education,” continued Clausen. “The Governor’s Pre-K program does not discriminate based on geography; districts slated to lose funding are located in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the state. My constituents in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District would see 46 children have their access to Pre-K cut should the program not receive continued support.”
“GOP leaders in the House and Senate have not made a commitment to permanent Pre-K funding, and some have proposed to eliminate it altogether. Education has always been a pathway to a better life. We have a duty to ensure that the children in our districts and across the state are receiving a quality Minnesota education, and that begins with early education opportunities. Pre-K is one of our best tools to close the school readiness gap, ensuring that all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, can succeed in their elementary and secondary education. The Legislature has the resources to provide a permanent pathway to this success and I urge them to make this critical investment,” Clausen concluded.