As a graduate of the Saint Cloud public school system, Jim appreciates the excellent education he received. He believes a strong public school system is, as our Minnesota Constitution says, “…the duty of the legislature.” But Jim also knows how public education has changed, and the new challenges they face. Jim supports the Saint Cloud area getting its fair share of funding. He recognizes the special challenges local schools has in funding special education and English language learning. He authored legislation that passed the House that would have provided more funding for special education and English language learning for local schools. He also supports expanding tax credits for public, private and home school students. During his past term Jim was instrumental in getting additional funding for local schools.