Today on the Senate Floor the GOP introduced Senate File 2 which would restrict the Governor’s response to protect students and educators during unprecedented times of need. The GOP has pushed forward their agenda despite the opposition from education organizations including the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Minnesota School Board Association, and the Minnesota Rural Education Association. Senate File 2 does not create local control, but creates an unfunded mandate on local school districts by forcing them to take on a tremendous responsibility without any additional resources – and removes any future Governor’s ability to lead in an emergency situation.
In response to this bill, Senate DFL Assistant Minority Leader Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) released the following statement:
“The Senate Republicans put forward a bill today that would restrict the governor’s ability to respond to schools during times of crisis now, and into the future. This is not a responsible decision as we work to keep Minnesotans safe during these unprecedented times,” said Senator Nick Frentz. “The Governor has made incredibly difficult decisions over the last year with the goal of keeping Minnesotans safe. As a result of his leadership, Minnesota has had fewer COVID-19 deaths per 100,000, compared to our surrounding states, states that have had fewer restrictions in place. The measures Governor Walz has put in place to protect Minnesotans have saved lives. We should be working toward bipartisan solutions to put forward a path for recovery after this pandemic instead of playing partisan politics, as the Senate Republicans did today with this bill.”