Minnesota has an achievement gap that is one of the worst in the nation. Our kids deserve better, and education is a key facet to lifting low income children out of poverty. Strong public education, greater support for our teachers and teachers of color, access to affordable pre-k and child care services, and free public college education are all things we can and should provide as paths to opportunity in Minnesota.
All people can reach their full potential when we create the policies that empower people to aspire for a better future. That is why I feel that we need to create greater incentives to attend college, increase access to technical skills training and college readiness tools in our high schools, and create a path for students to receive subsidized/free college when they cannot pay. Crippling college debt is bad for our residents, families and the economy, as it causes people to put their lives and major life decisions on hold, such as marriage, home ownership. Etc.