State Rep. Sondra Erickson, a retired school teacher, will lead GOP education efforts

State Rep. Sondra Erickson, a retired school teacher, will head the House Education Policy Committee now that Republicans have regained a majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Erickson, 72, stopped teaching English at Princeton High School in 2000.

And her plan for this upcoming session, says the Rochester Post Bulletin: slow things down, because recent shifts in control of state government had been dizzying for school districts.

But there are likely GOP objectives for K-12 education, many of which will face opposition from the DFL-controlled Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton:

  • End seniority in teacher layoffs
  • Address the achievement gap by keeping good teachers in challenged schools
  • Reduce the number of achievement tests
  • Change Common Core standards

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