One of the things that is very concerning, and ties directly economic development is the fact that Burnsville is considering increasing class size and looks like it will be adopted at their budget meeting in June. That is unacceptable. The projections that are being used show a decrease in population over the long term. That is a trend that we need to change. Economic development will change that direction. We must work on decreasing class size. The education of our children needs to be priority one.
We also need to bring teaching trades back into schools. Students need to believe that there are other alternatives that can lead to well paying jobs outside of college. A four year College is not for everyone, providing for trade opportunities by starting in high school and then technical colleges provide opportunities for a large and growing number of students. We also need to make sure college is affordable. We cannot have students graduating college with mounds of debt that buries them when they graduate. The amount of debt needs to correspond to the opportunity that is offered upon graduating.