Thanks to political leaders for supporting education

To the editor

I’m writing to say thank you to the Legislature and Governor Dayton for their commitment and good work for schools like North Branch and other area schools. North Branch Schools Finance Director Randi Johnson said this is the best economic news she’s seen in her 30-year career! And I must agree. There is a potential for $3 million additional dollars for NBAPS over the next two years, and our children are so deserving of elected officials that say “yes” to education.

I have listened to Senator Nienow and Representative Bob Barrett speak of their commitment to our children and schools; imagine my surprise that their votes were not for our children, but for their personal agendas.

Senator Neinow saying he supports school equalization is a lie, for his record shows a disdain for public education. While Representative Bob Barrett voted for the Education Bill, in perhaps one of the biggest “cop outs” in the entire legislature, he voted “no” to the Tax Bill that would have funded it. I am confused as to why Neinow and Barrett put their personal agendas above our children.

I was also surprised that Representative Brian Johnson and Representative Bob Dettmer both voted “no” on the Education and Tax Bills, which will help our area schools.

With school funding so critical in our area, we owe our thanks for additional funding to Governor Dayton and the Legislators who support our schools.

In the words of Tom Brokaw, “There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny… It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape.”

Kirsten Hagen Kennedy

North Branch 


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