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 District 742 has in funding special education and English language learning. He also supports expanding tax credits for public, private and home school students. During the past year Jim was instrumental in getting significant additional funding for District #742, including successfully authoring the new early education pilot program.