Minnesota boasts higher education achievement than most other states, as evidenced by high scores on standardized tests. This is cause for celebration and a point of pride. However, not all of our students experience this kind of academic success. Data show that we have a persistent achievement gap for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Minnesota’s future economic success depends on ensuring ALL Minnesota students graduate prepared for work and ready to succeed. The Minnesota Chamber supports evidence-based reforms that will improve student outcomes and close Minnesota’s achievement gap, and ensure all students are college and career ready.
2017 LEGISLATIVE RESULTS
We delivered on workforce needs including K-12 reforms, early learning, housing and childcare funding.
- LIFO (‘last in, first out’) reform: Districts must negotiate plan for how teachers are laid off, eliminating fallback rule of LIFO – “last in, first out” – where seniority prevails over performance.
- Teacher licensure: Tiered licensure will be created to help to ensure placement of effective teachers.
- School readiness: Money appropriated School Readiness Plus program and early childhood learning scholarships.
- Workforce shortage: Scholarships for students attending Minnesota State two-year programs of high employment need.
- Childcare, housing grants: Money allocated for childcare grants for communities with documented childcare provider shortages. Workforce housing grants available with no prevailing wage requirement.