Those of us here in SD 18 know State Representative-elect Glenn Gruenhagen well, after all, he served on the Glencoe Silver Lake school board for 4 terms/15 years.
His win over Mick McGuire was disappointing. Mick is a long time public servant and would have provided a balanced and well rounded approach to government.
Gruenhagen is an extremist who will likely fill the rhetoric void left with Tom Emmer's departure.
Typically, legislators serve in areas of expertise. Veterans often serve on a Veterans committee, you get the picture.
It's not a stretch that Representative-elect Gruenhagen will serve on an education committee. With his extremist past as a school board member, education professionals across Minnesota should shudder.
How extreme is Gruenhagen?
At a statewide school board association meeting Gruenhagen pushed his extremist agenda.
Stop labeling and drugging students - 2 for; 103 against.
Emphasize rote learning - 2 for; 130 against.
Implement phonics reading - 8 for; 94 against.
Teach principles of patriotism - 13 for; 88 against.
Implement abstinence - 7 for; 95 against.
Separate classes by gender - 16 for; 86 against.
Teach fallacies of macro evolution - 7 for; 100 against.
All children are gifted - 12 for; 89 against.
At his best, 14% of school board association members supported his proposals. And this guy is going to get things done for Greater Minnesota?
Elections have consequences...I sense a recurring theme here.