State Senator, District 34
Bonnie Westlin is a Minnesota native and graduate of Hamline University (B.A., English) and Hamline University School of Law (J.D.). She has lived in Maple Grove since 2004, the same year she established her solo family law and mediation practice in St. Louis Park. As an attorney and trained mediator, Bonnie knows how to build consensus and resolve conflicts. Bonnie is the proud mother of two sons, and grandmother to two granddaughters. She is a member of Shir Tikvah synagogue, where she sits on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Caring Community committee.
Maintaining a strong public education system is critical to providing opportunity for all Minnesota students and giving them the tools they will need for lifelong success. I support funding programs designed to close the achievement/opportunity gap, such as voluntary Pre-K, All-day kindergarten, Northside Achievement Zone, Reading and Math Corps and College in Schools programs. Our schools need reliable, consistent and equitable funding to ensure every child has access to the same world-class education, regardless of ZIP Code. And that funding should be protected from accounting shifts that delay payment of essential funds to school districts to balance the state budget. Minnesota is currently facing a teacher shortage. We need to focus on attracting and retaining the best and brightest teachers in our classrooms by investing in teacher development and mentorship initiatives, and supporting student loan forgiveness programs for college students who pursue an education career-especially in math, science and special education. Minnesota has consistently been ranked one of the best states for business in this country in large part because of our well-educated workforce. We can ensure a strong economic future for our state by prudent investments in our most precious resource-our children.
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