Educators from across the state today (4pm) will discuss priorities for the 2022 legislative session. Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says right now the primary problem is staffing levels…

“There are just not enough grown-ups to safely do teaching and learning, so sub shortages, the fact that we just can’t fill positions with so many folks out sick with COVID and otherwise…that it’s very difficult to keep a school district running.”

Specht says funding for mental health resources for students and staff is another priority. As is closing the achievement gap. Specht says that with the state’s $7.7 billion surplus, the resources are available to “start fully funding public education and build welcoming schools at a time when educators and students need support the most.”