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Pushing for Quality Education in Minnesota

March 08, 2019 03:33 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan stopped in Southeast Minnesota Thursday to discuss issues in the education system.

"Many of our students are in those same situations. We talked a lot about food insecurities as one of those things that we're hearing about, students that are coming to class and they're hungry," said RCTC President Jeffery Boyd, one of the educators who sat before Lt. Gov. Flanagan and Commissioner of Higher Education, Dennis Olson to directly express that concerns.

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With widespread issues throughout the education system like overcrowded classrooms and a lack of funding in the arts and special education, some students decided to focus on the positive experiences they've had. Lt. Gov. Flanagan on the other hand, said student welfare is a concern they've been hearing repeatedly.

"Students don't come in pieces. We are hearing that it is important for them to be able to afford a quality education, but it is also important for them to have access to health care, transportation, stable housing, to be food secure. So that's what we're hearing, is that students want us to see them as a whole people and we appreciate that perspective," said Flanagan.

Flanagan said that after finishing the Education tour, designed to hear the concerns of students and educators, the administration will revisit the budget proposal and base potential revisions on what is most beneficial for all.

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"We put together a pretty significant investment in the state grant program, that goes directly to students. We also have significant investments in bonding. We may take a look at those numbers and see if we need to do a bit more investment in campuses themselves or in the state grant program, and that's what we are getting feedback on," Flanagan said.

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