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Statement: House DFL Education Chairs respond to Governor Walz’s Due North Education Plan

Monday, January 25, 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota —House Education Policy Committee Chair Ruth Richardson and House Education Finance Division Chair Jim Davnie released the following statements on the Due North Education Plan released today by Governor Tim Walz:

“We know COVID-19 has significantly exacerbated existing opportunity inequities for our students and families across the state,” said Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights), chair of the House Education Policy Committee. “Our committee is focused on delivering legislative support strategies to ensure all of our students- especially our Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian students and children with disabilities experiencing unacceptable disparities - have an equitable opportunity to access the resources they need now, and after the pandemic to realize their full potential.”

“While many students have been struggling academically, many have also been struggling with their social emotional needs, even before the pandemic,” said Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis), who chairs the House Education Finance Division. “Our values ought to inform the action we must take to deliver the educational support systems Minnesota's children need and deserve. I look forward to partnering with the governor on these initiatives.”