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Sen. Franken visits Byron High School


BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) --  Senator Al Franken was in southern Minnesota to talk about the importance of education.

Franken's visit to Byron wasn't just about the recent academic achievements Byron High School has made, but to help the students understand the situations they'll face in the future and how it's all relatable.

The senator made a brief stop in a math classroom to give a lesson on the Pythagorean theorem.

But why the Pythagorean Theorem?

"I think it's to demonstrate someone who was a comedy writer and someone who went to the Senate, still has a passion for math," Franken said.

A question and answer session was held for Government and Law students who welcomed the senator to their classroom.

Karlee Paradise, a senior at BHS asked, "How do you propose to help us achieve under the No Child Left Behind Act with increasing class sizes and decreased funding?"

The classroom paused for a minute before Senator Franken broke it with a  "Thanks..." followed by laughter.

Sen. Franken went on to say, "Minnesota has been a leader in education partly because of this idea that the general revenue of the state would pay for local education. And that local education wouldn't be solely dependent on the tax base of the community."

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