Education Minnesota President Denise Specht is calling on state lawmakers to prioritize the well-being of students and staff when the session begins next week. Specht says the pandemic has wreaked havoc on schools and the mental health of students…

“I absolutely believe if we do not concentrate on getting more staff into our buildings, you know the time is right, we have this huge surplus, we could be hiring more counselors right now.”

Specht says Minnesota is third-worst in the country for student-teacher ratios. She says that’s not anything to be proud of.