The Republican candidate for governor promises to hold K-12 education harmless. Tom Emmer released the second part of his budget plan at a debate sponsored by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. Emmer said “Next to creating new jobs in the current tough economy, our highest priority as a state must be educating our kids well.” As he’s done before, the Republican promised reform and reduction of mandates. He would begin to repay a billion dollar budget shift back in 2014.
The Democratic candidate for governor says Emmer’s plan doesn’t add up. “Minnesotans value education. It is our greatest strength, the key to our future prosperity, and it has been cut over the last 8 years. Rep. Emmers proposal, contrary to his assertion, will not hold funding harmless but will cut education funding by 14.9%. The consequences of more cuts would be larger class sizes, more districts going to 4-day school weeks, lower quality education and higher property taxes to pay for operational expenses in the schools.”