Elect Jeff Peterson to represent Minnesota District 32B in the MN House of Representatives on November 6, 2018.  Including residents in the city's of Wyoming, Stacy, North Branch, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer, and Taylors Falls, MN.Education

Ensuring a Future for Our Children

Public education is the single largest factor to upward economic mobility in existence. It allows people from every spectrum of the economic scale the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Most children have no idea what they want to do for a career. Public schools should — and do — offer the chance to actively learn about many different futures.

Unfortunately, in the last 20 years, the State of Minnesota has not funded education at the same rate as inflation. Public schools would receive more than $2,000 more per pupil than they do today if it had. This burden has been unfairly shifted to property owners through the school levy system, creating a system of have and have nots. Adequate funding for public education should be the top priority for any candidate. It certainly is for me.

Serving on the Forest Lake School board has educated me on the funding issues that exist in today’s public school system. For example, funding for student transportation creates disparities in one district and surpluses in others. Unfunded mandates from the state and federal government come with significant costs, which are again shifted to property owners.