Frank Pafko for House! 2018-02-25T15:40:20+00:00

THESE ARE ISSUES FRANK WILL FIGHT FOR

Frank worked for both the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He dedicated himself to projects such as the I35E/I694 Unweave the Weave, I-94 3M Bottleneck Removal, Highway 169 Devil’s Triangle Interchange, and the Highway 36 North St.Paul project. He retired in 2012 as Chief Environmental Officer for MnDOT. His accomplishments included development of MnDOT’s wetland banking program and obtaining environmental clearances for the replacement of the I35W Mississippi River Bridge in just nine days.

Frank knows the issues and how they impact the community.

The most important issue for the residents of Minneapolis and Richfield as well as the future of our families, is the deplorable condition of the public education system. For over 40 years the taxpayers have increased funding (in real, inflation adjusted dollars) to our schools. The result has been declining test scores and some of the worst graduation rates in the country, especially for our minority and disadvantaged students. Individual teachers can be great, but despite their efforts the public education system is failing students. A poor education can condemn our children and grandchildren to a life of poverty, dependency or low income jobs. We must do better.

The experiment has been conducted and the only conclusion that can be reached is that more money equals a worse education. We cannot continue to fund failure. We cannot just maintain the status quo. Parents and students deserve education choice. Charter schools are a start but must continue to offer approaches, other options. Opportunity scholarships will allow our poorest students the financial mobility to choose the school best for them. Tax credits will fuel this opportunity. No more across the board funding increases until results are improved. Increase in teacher pay should be offset by cuts in administration. The old model of public education is not working. We must change our approach. We must reward success not failure. We must do it for the children.

The most important issue for the residents of Minneapolis and Richfield as well as the future of our families, is the deplorable condition of the public education system. For over 40 years the taxpayers have increased funding (in real, inflation adjusted dollars) to our schools. The result has been declining test scores and some of the worst graduation rates in the country, especially for our minority and disadvantaged students. Individual teachers can be great, but despite their efforts the public education system is failing students. A poor education can condemn our children and grandchildren to a life of poverty, dependency or low income jobs. We must do better.

The experiment has been conducted and the only conclusion that can be reached is that more money equals a worse education. We cannot continue to fund failure. We cannot just maintain the status quo. Parents and students deserve education choice. Charter schools are a start but must continue to offer approaches, other options. Opportunity scholarships will allow our poorest students the financial mobility to choose the school best for them. Tax credits will fuel this opportunity. No more across the board funding increases until results are improved. Increase in teacher pay should be offset by cuts in administration. The old model of public education is not working. We must change our approach. We must reward success not failure. We must do it for the children.

The most important issue for the residents of Minneapolis and Richfield as well as the future of our families, is the deplorable condition of the public education system. For over 40 years the taxpayers have increased funding (in real, inflation adjusted dollars) to our schools. The result has been declining test scores and some of the worst graduation rates in the country, especially for our minority and disadvantaged students. Individual teachers can be great, but despite their efforts the public education system is failing students. A poor education can condemn our children and grandchildren to a life of poverty, dependency or low income jobs. We must do better.

The experiment has been conducted and the only conclusion that can be reached is that more money equals a worse education. We cannot continue to fund failure. We cannot just maintain the status quo. Parents and students deserve education choice. Charter schools are a start but must continue to offer approaches, other options. Opportunity scholarships will allow our poorest students the financial mobility to choose the school best for them. Tax credits will fuel this opportunity. No more across the board funding increases until results are improved. Increase in teacher pay should be offset by cuts in administration. The old model of public education is not working. We must change our approach. We must reward success not failure. We must do it for the children.

Frank belly bumping Mark Dayton with his MNDOT Team.

WHO IS FRANK PAFKO?

Frank Pafko is a normal 64-year old living in South Minneapolis. He’s married his wife Jeannine and together they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

Frank was raised in south Minneapolis, attended Wenonah Elementary, Nokomis Jr. High and Roosevelt High School, graduating in 1971. He’s been resident of Richfield for 37 years, and has also lived within the 63B district in south Minneapolis for 27 years. He received a Bachelors of Science in Fisheries degree from the University of Minnesota in 1975.

Since 2013, Frank has been commenting on Twin Cities’ transportation issues, as the Transportation Tsar on the Up and At’Em radio show and podcast. He attends and volunteers at St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

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