House G-O-P Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says part of the reason for the state’s soaring crime rate is the education system is failing Minnesota kids.

One victim, he says, is a man people know at the Capitol:

“It was a 14-year-old kid that held a gun to his wife’s head while she negotiated to get her two-and-a-half-year-old child out of the back seat before they stole her vehicle — at 11 o’clock in the morning on a Tuesday.”

Daudt says the teachers’ union has opposed reforms that would give students tools to be successful.  Governor Tim Walz responds the state has made multi-faceted, historic investments:

“A historic increase in early learning scholarships for 10-thousand families, or to make sure that we’re beefing up those schools.”

Expect a big debate over education funding this session because the state has a large budget surplus.