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Tim Walz, former teacher and MN gov candidate, has a long history of supporting public ed

Imagine a Minnesota governor who really understood what was happening in classrooms on their first day in office—over testing, class sizes, job stress, lack of support, lack of respect, even the acronyms.

Tim Walz was a public high school geography teacher, football coach, and command sergeant major in the Army National Guard in 2004 when he took two students to hear President George W. Bush speak in his hometown of Mankato.

All three were turned away because one of his students had a John Kerry sticker on his wallet. They were told to get on a bus and leave, although Walz was eventually allowed to stay after offensive questioning by a campaign staffer.

He says it was a “teachable moment” for all of them. If a campaign worker could harass a command sergeant major for trying to hear his own commander-in-chief, he decided something was deeply broken in politics. That night he committed himself to fixing it.

Two years later, Walz went on to win his first of six races for Congress from southern Minnesota.

Not only does Walz “talk the talk” on education, but his record as a congressman shows he has the best interests of students, educators, and public schools at heart.

Tim Walz, while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives:

  • Authored the Forever GI Bill, passed in 2017, which was the largest expansion of veterans’ education benefits in over a decade.
  • Co-sponsored the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would ensure Congress pays its full share to help educate students with disabilities.
  • Stood up for higher education affordability by co-sponsoring both the Student Loan Affordability Act, as well as the Student Loan Relief Act of 2013.
  • Voted against the DC Opportunity Scholarship program which funnels public money into vouchers for private schools, despite research showing that voucher students underperform compared to their public school peers.

The Minnesota primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 14. Early vote and vote by mail are both currently open.

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