MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Today Daniel Sellers, executive director of MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now, released the following statement in response to Gov. Dayton's veto of the Legislature's education package:
“Although we’re disappointed by today’s veto of the bipartisan education bill, we’re hopeful that Gov. Dayton and our policymakers can work together to negotiate a package that protects the key elements of the existing bill, and adds some of the commendable priorities the governor outlined earlier today. Although imperfect, the Legislature’s bill includes critical measures to streamline the licensure process for out-of-state teachers, increase the basic funding formula for our schools, expand high-quality early learning opportunities for low-income kids and increase funding and flexibility for Q-comp.
“With school leaders, teachers and students depending on the Legislature to act, we hope that our policymakers will work with urgency during special session. Just today, for example, we received a call from an experienced teacher whose employment depends on Gov. Dayton and the Legislature reaching an agreement on the licensure changes that the House and Senate have advanced. For the sake of this teacher and countless others across the state, we’re eager to work with Gov. Dayton, legislators and advocates to craft an education bill that works for everyone—most importantly, Minnesota students.”
For more information or interviews with Daniel Sellers, contact MinnCAN Public Affairs Manager Ariana Kiener: 612-666-3066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About MinnCAN: Launched in 2011, MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now is an education advocacy nonprofit. MinnCAN is a movement of nearly 12,000 Minnesotans–and growing–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.