“The best way to help all of our kids succeed is by making sure our schools have the resources they need.” -Connie Bernardy
Connie Bernardy believes in expanding early childhood education, keeping tuition affordable at Minnesota's state colleges and universities, and balancing the state's budget without taking money away from schools and our kids.
Connie and her daughter Kyla, rallying for Save our Schools. Connie was called to public service in 1999 when a funding crisis threatened the quality of the schools her daughters attended. She formed Save Our Schools and brought together parents, teachers, and seniors. Together they worked successfully to restore critical funding to our schools and opportunities for our students. In 2014, Connie worked with her colleagues to pay back the $2.1 billion dollars Republicans took from schools and made strategic investments in our students. She chief authored legislation to fund all-day kindergarten and helped to invest in early childhood education. She helped pass legislation that froze tuition at state colleges and universities for two years. Connie’s top priority is and has always been adequately funding K-12 education to prevent local school districts from further increases in class sizes and cuts to teachers and educational opportunities. Connie worked with Democrats and Republicans and started a bipartisan Early Childhood Caucus to strengthen early childhood education and increase the opportunities for voluntary all-day kindergarten. Connie was also instrumental in passing legislation to help gifted and talented students and encourage participation in College in the Schools, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement courses at our schools.
A Mounds View constituent testifying for Adult Basic Education at the Capital