Congratulations North Branch schools

To the Editor:

I want to extend my sincere congratulations to the teachers, administration, faculty, and students at North Branch High School. It was quite a thrill to read the article in the U.S. News and World Report designating North Branch as one of the nation’s best high schools.

Our school district has learned how to do more with less for many years, and North Branch’s “Bronze” rating is proof that our teachers and staff are providing a great educational experience for some of the state’s leading students.

It has not gone unnoticed that schools in Chisago County receive disproportionate funds compared to those in the Twin Cities area, exemplified by the fact that the Minneapolis public school district receives $14,000 per child while North Branch is granted only $8,500 per student. Unfortunately, this has been the situation for many, many years.

We know that money, used effectively, helps students reach their educational goals by providing an increased amount of educational opportunities. We also know that having an extremely dedicated and hard working group of teachers, parents, administrators, and students, who persevere day in and day out, will most always overcome other disadvantages.

Such is the case in the North Branch school district.

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 5, 1855

I promise to continue fighting for aggressive reform in K-12 education funding. But for the time being, I want to thank everyone at North Branch High School for their dedication to the education and well-being of our state’s greatest resource – our children.

State Representative Bob Barrett, Chisago County

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