NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — On a conference call Friday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) listened to the concerns from superintendents in the southwest corner of the state.
Each of the superintendents, including Ryan Nielsen of Canby School District, Joe Meyer of Murray County Central School District and Wayne Wormstadt of Windom School District, discussed with Klobuchar the pandemic’s impact on their schools and students.
Issues discussed ranged from distance learning and mental health of students to broadband and high-speed internet access.
“The pandemic has brought out a big magnifying glass on something that we have to deal with now and into the future, and that’s broadband. Sixteen percent of households lack access to broadband at baseline speed in Minnesota. That means 144,000 households don’t have adequate access,” said Klobuchar.
Klobuchar addressed the recently passed American Rescue Plan that includes $130 billion of federal investment in K-12 schools.
Of those funds, Minnesota received $1.3 billion for elementary and secondary school relief. Every school in the state will receive funds.