This past weekend the Advocacy Committee is hosted a Leadership & Lattes. In addition to having a fantastic speaker, we explained how to make advocacy attainable for each of you. As an output of this, I’ve decided to share a recent personal experience that has created an advocacy “opportunity” for me. I’m hoping that by providing an example of advocacy in daily life it will make it tangible, and perhaps take some of the intimidation out of it.
Last week we shared insight into one of Minnesota legislature’s top priorities :: Early-Childhood funding. More information continues to emerge and Governor Dayton is clear on making this happen. He is investing in Minnesota student’s and proposing half of his budget to go directly to schools.
The budget includes a plan for free pre-kindergarten starting in 2017. The governor’s pre-kindergarten proposal represents just one of several early childhood priorities that he has put forth to serve children in their earliest years, including child care through Basic Sliding Fee and Head Start. The Governor’s proposal uses a multi-pronged approach aimed at helping Minnesota children to start off in stable environments and serving the diverse needs of Minnesota’s families.
The budget also addresses higher education funding; seeking to improve the Minnesota State Grant financial aid program, and a two year continuance of the tuition freeze at the University of Minnesota.
See the following link for further information on the governor’s proposed budget: http://minnesotabudgetbites.org/2015/02/26/governor-dayton-invests-in-minnesotas-students/#.VP2fcHz7pOp
Post contributed by Amy Borden.
Last Fall Minnesota funded full day Kindergarten under a $15.7 billion education bill. This 2015 legislative session, another educational topic is up for debate: free pre-school education for every 4-year-old. Here’s why:
- Studies show attending pre-school makes a dramatic difference later in life because students who begin learning before kindergarten are better prepared for the rest of their education careers.
- In Minnesota, an estimated 15,000 of roughly 30,000 kindergarteners per year aren’t ready for kindergarten.
- NPR recently aired a segment, Opening economic doors with early childhood education, which outlines the impact of basic kindergarten readiness on long-term personal success and the economic impact.
Governor Mark Dayton stressed the importance of early childhood education during the 2014 legislative session and wants to take action in 2015 by provide funding to pre-school programs.
As a parent of a young child, this is an issue that affects me personally and one that I will advocate with friends and co-workers. Join me and other JLM members at Coffee and Conversation on March 21st and interact with Minnesota State Senator Terri Bonoff to learn more about the issue. Register online for this event, today!
Post contributed by Merris Greiber.