The larger than anticipated projected $1.5 billion projected state budget surplus is prompting Education Minnesota to call on lawmakers to renew an investment in schools and students. That includes…

“Mental health supports for students, full-service community schools, those are schools where we bring in wrap-around services and support systems that help not only the students but the families into our schools.”

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says attract and retain more teachers of color in K-12 schools is another priority this legislative session. Specht says there’s no reason to wait, the bills are in place and the needs are urgent.