Governor Walz Visits New Hope Elementary School
Governor Tim Walz stopped by Meadow Lake Elementary in New Hope Monday to talk about his “One Minnesota” vision and his plans to invest more money in K-12 schools. This stop was the final one of his statewide education tour. He spoke to the media and also stopped by a classroom to visit with teachers and students.
“This budget and this tour highlighted to us once again Minnesotans believe in education,” said Walz, a former teacher. “They believe in smart investments in education. They believe in making sure we give local control to the educators who make a difference.”
The governor’s budget would make a historic investment of $523 million in education. It would increase the general education basic formula by 3 percent. It would also give school districts more freedom to use those dollars in ways they see fit.
“If this budget does not go through, 400 of [students] don’t just figuratively leave or step behind the cameras. They are not in this facility,” Walz cautioned. “That has incredible lifelong implications for them. It has incredible implications for Minnesota, both in our potential employment that we have and the cost to us both in social services and corrections.”
For the governor’s entire budget plan click here.