Senator Wiger Statement on Inadequate Support for School Safety

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 of what is necessary to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. In response, Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), ranking DFL member of the Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee, released the following statement.

“One of the biggest issues on the minds of Minnesotans is what is the plan for our schools this fall as we take the necessary steps to not only educate but also protect our kids in a safe during COVID-19. We all want to do whatever is necessary to protect our students, faculty, and staff, and yet today’s legislation was the first official public discussion at the Senate of this vital issue. Not only was this inadequate funding, it is a disservice to students, parents, teachers, and staff to lock them out of this important conversation. We should have hearings that provide a real opportunity for people to weigh in, so that schools are able to open safely.”

Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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