Monday, August 1, 2016
Al Franken may be funny-he was a comedian before he became a U.S. senator from Minnesota-but he and Amy Klobuchar, the state's senior senator, are serious about their commitment to the labor movement. Both spoke passionately about their union connections: Franken, as a member of three unions, and Klobuchar, through her family, including her mother, a proud AFT member who taught until she was 70 years old. There's nothing more important than how we educate our kids, said Franken, who learned about the problems with No Child Left Behind and overtesting early in his political career, and worked hard to shift policy away from teaching to the test. "Tests don't measure everything that's important-not by a long shot," he said. Klobuchar stressed, "It shouldn't matter what school you attend, all children deserve to receive a high-quality education that will open doors to opportunity." NCLB never accomplished that, she added, because it was never backed with resources. And she praised the Every Student Succeeds Act.