When lawmakers return to the State Capitol next week for the legislative session, Education MInnesota President Denise Specht is calling on them to focus on the well-being of the state’s school workers and students. She says Minnesota is third-worst in the country for student-teacher ratios…

“That is not anything to be proud of. We’ve got a historic surplus that we could be earmarking for hiring counselors, for lowering class sizes for reducing caseloads, our children need one on one individualized instruction right now and this surplus certainly could make a dent in that.”

Specht is referring to the state’s $7.7 billion budget surplus.