Dayton and Emmer focus on education

In the homestretch of the gubernatorial campaign Democratic and Republican candidates are focusing on education.  With just over a month to go in the campaign Republican Tom Emmer released his second television ad.  It’s called “Reform”  in it Emmer says “I’ll protect our investment in education by making sure that more money goes to classrooms” but his Democratic opponent Mark Dayton asserts Emmer’s buget cuts education.  Emmer has said he’ll hold education harmless.

Emmer Campaign Manager Cullen Sheehan said “Tom is committed to reforming education, facilitating innovation and improving educational outcomes. He knows our children deserve to be fully prepared with the knowledge and skills to create their own bright futures, and we must give them every opportunity to succeed.”  The ad also notes that Emmer is the father of public school children.  Emmer who grew up in Edina went to private school at St. Thomas Academy.

The previous day, Dayton released his education plan claiming Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut education.  Dayton said ” the last eight years schools have seen a $1300 decrease in real, per-pupil funding” but Pawlenty maintains he did not cut money for kids in the classrooms.  Dayton’s TV ads that have been running for months show him in a classroom.  Like Emmer, Dayton went to private school.  He was “head boy” at Blake.

His plan released in a St. Paul school calls for  all-day kindergarten to every school, providing early childhood opportunities to every kid in Minnesota and smaller class-sizes.  Dayton said “If every Minnesota school had all-day kindergarten, early childhood family education programs, great teachers and effective public-private partnerships there would be no achievement gap and our state would be creating the businesses of the future. There is no better job creator than a great education, and as governor I will work to make sure that every child in Minnesota receives one.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 09/23/2010 - 04:34 pm.

    “If every Minnesota school had all-day kindergarten, early childhood family education programs, great teachers and effective public-private partnerships there would be no achievement gap and our state would be creating the businesses of the future. There is no better job creator than a great education, and as governor I will work to make sure that every child in Minnesota receives one.”

    Nice rhetoric, and while I’m not at all enthused about public-private partnerships, any responsible adult would agree with a desire to eliminate the appalling achievement gap, just as responsible adults will agree with “…facilitating innovation and improving educational outcomes.”

    As always, the devil is in the details, of which television ads provide precious few. What does Emmer mean by “reform” in an educational context? What does Dayton mean by “great teachers?” And so on.

  2. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 09/24/2010 - 12:08 pm.

    And what does Emmer mean by “facilitating innovation and improving educational outcomes?”

    Public school closures and firing of all staff and teachers (who now seem to held responsible for EVERYTHING parents and government and school boards should answer for), to be replaced by charter schools that cost more but absolutely do not always deliver more — as is becoming more popular recently among radical reformers?

    Detroit’s mayor wants to do that to his city’s entire public education system, with un-named private foundations of unknown ideology to be given control of managing the charter schools that will replace the public ones.

    Dayton gets it and should be allowed to execute his plan as governor.

  3. Submitted by John Hakes on 09/30/2010 - 12:07 pm.

    I would like to point out that Tom Horner has focused on education like a “laser beam”, and perhaps there is no better of example of that than the footage of a conversation he had with the U of M’s Larry Jacobs at the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs that can be found at:

    http://tinyurl.com/29rztva

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