Protecting Minnesota’s smartest investment... our students

In order to attract and retain major employers that provide good jobs, we must equip our workforce with superior skills and knowledge that cannot be matched anywhere else. That’s why I made education a major priority of the 2016-2017 session.

I supported all day Kindergarten for every child, more preschool scholarships for low-income families and additional funding for every school tied to rigorous achievement standards. I voted to implement a two-year tuition freeze and increased financial aid for college students.

I know we can do even more to ensure every child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. I support providing every 3 and 4 year old with high-quality early childhood education and doing more to address the historically high level of debt shouldered by our college graduates.

Standing up for families

  • Repaid every penny borrowed from our schools.
  • Provided access to all-day kindergarten for every child free of charge, saving parents thousands of dollars.
  • Increased preschool scholarships for more than 8,000 additional low-income families.
  • Expanded the school lunch program to provide free breakfast to every kindergartener and ensure no child is denied a hot lunch due to the inability to pay.
  • Approved a two-year tuition freeze for Minnesotans earning a post-secondary degree at state colleges and universities and made the largest investment in college financial aid in over a decade.
  • Secured state funding to improve classrooms at Century College.