Key Republicans blame the Walz administration for not doing enough, as new statewide scores show only 51 percent of students tested met proficiency levels in reading, and only 45 percent in math. Education Commissioner Heather Mueller says this is the first time Minnesota had to navigate a pandemic while educating children — but Republican state Representative Ron Kresha from Little Falls doesn’t buy that argument:
“I think when we take those excuses, that’s an adult trying to feel good about the fact that we didn’t put enough effort. I’m not okay with that.”
Kresha says all that Tim Walz, an “education governor,” has done is cry about inadequate funding, but he hasn’t come out with any really good solutions. Walz isn’t immediately available to respond.