ST. PAUL, MN – Despite requests from the Minnesota Department of Education for $275 million in federal Corona Virus Relief funds to assist schools in their re-opening in the fall, legislation introduced Monday fell far short in ensuring the safe re-opening of schools this fall. In response, Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) released the following statement.
“One of the biggest challenges facing Minnesotans is ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as we prepare for going back to school this fall. I know how critical the personal connection between a student and their teacher is, and how essential that is to a high-quality education. We have a fundamental duty to educate our children, but we also have a moral obligation to keep them safe. Today’s legislation fell far short of providing the assistance our schools will need to guarantee they can re-open safely. It also shut people out from the process, and failed to give our parents, teachers, staff, and administrators a way to engage in discussions on what must be done to make sure we are going back to school safely. We should have public hearings discussing these issues with the people who will be affected by them, not shutting them out.”