A significant drop in Minnesota students’ test scores during the pandemic has Republicans and Democrats each blaming the other, two weeks before the election. Minneapolis Representative Jim Davnie, chair of a key education committee, says the legislature could have anticipated this and responded:
“The House D-F-L majority put forward a comprehensive literacy package this spring that the state Senate Republicans walked away from.”
Davnie’s opposite number in the Minnesota Senate, Lino Lakes Republican Roger Chamberlain responds:
“Under the leadership of Dayton, Walz and the unions — I’ll be perfectly blunt — the outcomes for our kids have been on the decline for years.”
Democrats warn Republicans will de-fund public schools in Minnesota. Republicans respond they want to give parents the choice to send their children to schools that work.