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Murphy says if elected governor, she will follow Dayton’s education approach

July 31, 2018

State Rep. Erin Murphy vowed Tuesday that if elected governor she would build on Gov. Mark Daytons priority of investing in early education.

Murphy, who has been endorsed by Dayton and the DFL, debuted her education agenda alongside the governor after the two toured Head Start classrooms at Community Action Partnership in St. Paul. She is competing in the Aug. 14 DFL primary with U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and Attorney General Lori Swanson, who also discussed education plans this week.

In the Head Start classrooms there was a singalong or two, high-fives and hugs. Then Murphy presented goals, like extending early learning program scholarships for children three years old and younger. She would also invest in a more diverse teacher workforce and expand college-readiness programs for low-income students and students of color to combat the states racial gap in education outcomes, which is one of the nations worst.

Investing in education from early learning and all the way through our K-12 and preparation for college education and technical education is the way that we have built our future, and Im going to continue that tradition by investing in the things that we know that work, Murphy said, adding that she would urge Republicans in the Legislature to support her plans.

GOP lawmakers opposed Daytons $138 million proposal this year to shore up schools budget shortfalls.

The expansion of early childhood education has been a cornerstone of Daytons time in office. I know Erin will champion that, I know shell work for that and thats one of the reasons Im proud to support her, he said.

On Monday, Swanson announced she would appoint a Career and Technical Education Czar to act as a coordinator and help students get training and find jobs in fields where there are not enough workers, like health care.

Above all, the coordinator should be a champion for creating opportunities for students to get middle class jobs and be part of the Ownership Society in every way, shape, and form, Swansons campaign said in a news release, referencing former President George W. Bushs vision for more people to own homes and improve their savings.

Walz also addressed educational equity Monday at the new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation. He had worked to secure federal funding for the school.

Jessie Van Berkel 651-925-5044

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