Jensen’s education plan includes ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights,’ emphasis on school vouchers – KSTP

by | Aug 30, 2022 | Education

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Scott Jensen and his running mate Matt Birk spoke on their plan for Minnesota’s education system Tuesday afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair.The pair unveiled their 10-point plan for statewide school reforms they say is meant to raise academic proficiencies, improve safety standards for students and teachers and introduce a “Parents Bill of Rights,” among other things.“If you’re not upset with the education report that came out [last week], I don’t know what you’re thinking,” Jensen said. RELATED: State: 300+ Minn. schools falling behind; mixed results for math, reading and science proficiencyThe first point of Jensen’s plan, implementing a “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” aims to create a transparent system for parents to review the curriculum and books used by schools across the state. Jensen also spoke on the goal of keeping political discussions out of class. “When we do things like critical race theory or hypersexualize our kids with curricular questions or instructions that don’t fit at the level of grades that they’re at, we’re doing them no favors,” Jensen said.Senate Republicans tried to pass a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” during this year’s legislative session, a package of bills that critics said would limit schools’ ability to teach about diversity and racism and even endanger LGBTQ students.The plan also hopes to raise student achievements by “implementing scientifically proven research in schools” and providing financial incentives for teachers to work in “high-need schools,” according to the campaign website. The candidate also cr …

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