We are the UTSWC!
Educating, Collaborating, Advocating
Former teacher and Education Minnesota member, Tim Walz, is the governor of Minnesota. Walz taught for 20 years in the Mankato Public Schools. His wife, Gwen, is also an educator. And, just announced on December 20th, Mary Cathryn Ricker will be the new Commissioner of Education pending approval by the MN Senate. Ricker most recently served as Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers. She is a teacher and past union president from St. Paul Public Schools. That’s right! A teacher leading at the Capitol and at MDE.
The evening of November 6 brought other changes in leadership as well. Legislators serving in our school district boundary now include:
Senator Karla Bigham Senator Susan Kent
Representative Anne Claflin (newly elected) Representative Tony Jurgens
Representative Steve Sandell (newly elected) Representative Tou Xiong (newly elected)
We look forward to working with the legislature, governor, and commissioner on public education and public sector union issues. Stay tuned for opportunities to meet with legislators to share our stories about staff and student safety, licensure, class size, caseloads, funding, health care, mental health needs, etc. Discussion and action on these issues are vital for the future of our public schools.