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State Representative Keith Franke

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Posted: 2017-09-08
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Legislative Update

News from Rep. Keith Franke 9-8-2017


Dear Neighbors,

Committee Tour

This week, I was fortunate to have the House Capital Investment Committee visit our area to view some projects being considered for a potential bonding bill. We stopped at Seidl’s Lake and met with area officials, and toured the South St. Paul Library. This was really a highlight for me as we got to meet lots of library volunteers and supporters. The kids we met really loved their library, and that was great to see!

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Another one of my favorite stops was visiting the potential HERO Center site for police, fire, and first responder training. I’ll continue to support these type of local projects that would have a big impact on not only our city, but the region as a whole.

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Back to School

As a father and grandfather, I’ve spent the last number of years seeing how important our schools are for our kids. Now that they’re heading back to school for the year, I was happy to look back on the things we passed this year to help schools and students in our area and around the state.

The main thing we passed – and got signed into law – was a $1.3 billion statewide increase in education funding in the next two years. That goes to help every school in Minnesota, and can make a big difference in our area. For example, South St. Paul and South Washington County schools will receive a combined $9.3 million of additional, new investment over the next two years.

One thing I’ve learned more about since coming to the legislature is early education. Our plan targets our investments to help our youngest learners and their families. We included funding for early education scholarships which gives families flexibility to choose the program that best fits their child. We also have funding for districts to implement School Readiness Plus or VPK. It’s important kids are ready for kindergarten and our plan creates the needed choice and flexibility to accomplish this goal.

As kids and teachers start their school year, it’s important to look ahead to the future, as our investments this year will go to help students this fall and for years to come.

School Safety

This time of year is a good reminder to be safe driving near schools or school buses. We want to make sure our kids stay safe as they're going to and from school, and it’s on everyone in the area to help make that a reality. A big role in this is our elementary school patrols who work to help their fellow classmates cross the roads safely. Thanks to all these young volunteers!

District 833 Data Issue

By now, most are aware of the mishandling of sensitive data by District 833. I’ve been in contact with parents and interested parties from the schools, and I know they’re working towards a more secure electronic information plan going forward.

Please Contact Me

I know it’s a busy time for parents, teachers, and students, but if you have a second, feel free to call or email my office if you need anything.

Enjoy your weekend,

Keith

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