December 06, 2018 06:33 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- We're still a month from the start of the next Minnesota legislative session.
But Thursday some educators in our area weighed-in on the issues important to them.
"I think we heard some great examples today of what's going on in the real world," State Senator Dan Sparks of Austin said following an hour-long meeting with representatives of the Austin school district.
"For everyone to have a good quality of public education is so important not only locally but to our entire state economy," the DFL Senator said.
For Sparks and State Representative Jeanne Poppe of Austin, it was a chance to listen:
"We heard today a lot about school safety, some teacher licensure, transportation's a huge issue here," Sparks said after the hour-long meeting
"We have some really long wait times in our community and we'd like to see more access to driver's testing” Austin Public Schools Integration Coordinator Kristi Beckman said. “We'd also program in our community be able to offer driver's instruction and training in languages that our families speak. It really makes a difference for parents to be able to get to work to support their kids, but it also impacts their ability to get their kids involved in extracurricular activities and other things that enrich their experience in our school district."
The 2019 Minnesota legislative session begins January 8th.
"When you hear from our local educators and the struggles that they have and the things we can do to make their lives easier in St. Paul” Senator Dan Sparks said, “it's very beneficial."
Updated: December 06, 2018 06:33 PM
Created: December 06, 2018 04:45 PM
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