by Mitch Pearlstein
Center of the American Experiment
July 31, 2014
K-12 education in Minnesota faces many problems. Too few Minnesota students are learning enough to adequately support themselves and their families in the future. They leave school unprepared to contribute to Minnesota’s prosperity, let alone the United States’ powerhouse position in the global economy. Minnesota must close the gap between its weakest and strongest students, and between its strongest students and the strongest students of the rest of the industrialized world. To combat these problems, Minnesota ought to adopt vouchers and significantly expand charter schools – two solutions that will offer hope to students currently not achieving their full potential. And beyond helping struggling students, Minnesota can help all students generally by expanding digital education, an increasingly vital tool that allows students to learn at a more customized pace and to develop technological skills that will help them later in life.