Governor Tim Walz says the teachers’ strike in the Saint Paul Public School District demonstrates the state needs to restructure the way it pays for education — another “Minnesota Miracle”, he says:

“Those teachers are out there… asking to make sure that they have the resources necessary to provide for mental health, provide for the safe well-being of those students in the classroom, and the district is out there arguing and saying, we don’t have the resources to do that.”

Minnesota House Democrats propose using a third of the state’s 1.5-billion-dollar budget surplus for early childhood education programs. But any long-term change to education funding in Minnesota would not likely happen until at least the 2021 legislative session when lawmakers set a new two-year state budget.