St. Paul, Minn. – MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now today released the following statement on Governor Dayton’s veto of the investment in Teach For America in the Omnibus Higher Education bill:
“MinnCAN is disappointed with the Governor's veto of the investment in Teach For America,” said Daniel Sellers, MinnCAN executive director.
“This is a missed opportunity to leverage private dollars in support of the state’s investment — Teach For America had promised to match the state resources 2 to 1,” continued Sellers. “Governor Dayton's veto sets the state back in our attempt to recruit and place the best and most diverse teachers in schools across Minnesota. By vetoing this critical appropriation, Governor Dayton has constricted the pool of talented teachers from which Minnesota schools can draw.”
“Perhaps most notable is that the appropriation had bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, demonstrating legislative support for Teach For America, a program with a proven track record of closing the achievement gap.”
About MinnCAN: Launched in January 2011, MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now is an education reform advocacy nonprofit. MinnCAN is building a movement of Minnesotans dedicated to creating the political will to enact smart public policies to ensure that every Minnesota child has access to a great public school. Learn more at www.minncan.org.