Tag Archives | 2013 Session

The World’s Best Work Force? Huh?

Mary Cecconi, Parents United for Public Schools, February 12, 2014 – When the Capitol lights dimmed and the ink dried on the E-12 Omnibus bill, the press quickly designated 2013 “the education session.” Indeed, the Education Omnibus bill provided expanded opportunities for students throughout their school career. Dollars for early childhood, all-day K, increased consideration […]

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For some Twin Cities school districts, tax savings come with a trade-off

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, September 26, 2013 – Homeowners’ property tax bills in many Twin Cities public school districts will drop next year, but voters will give up authority over existing levies to get the savings. School funding changes approved by the Minnesota Legislature this year give district leaders more control over existing property tax levies […]

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Even with funding increase, some school districts to ask voters for more

Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio, August 2, 2013 – When the Legislature passed a $485 million increase in school spending over the next two years, DFL lawmakers described the 2013 education bill as one of the best ever. They also predicted the new money would turn the school-financing tide of the past decade. But school districts […]

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Early education: Money well-spent

Star Tribune Editorial, July 18, 2013 – Is spending on the nation’s littlest learners an investment or an expense? During a visit to Minnesota this week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a panel of Minnesotans repeatedly and rightly called it an investment. The group — representing business, education, foundations, the military and the faith community — reiterated […]

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A competitive Minnesota must spend wisely

Jay Kiedrowski, Star Tribune Commentary, July 8, 2013 – Over the past decade, an often-heated debate has raged about the balance of public investment and taxation in Minnesota. A new report from the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence — “Finding Our Balance: Taxes, Spending and Minnesota Competitiveness” — attempts to shed new light on this question. […]

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Will $23 million in early education scholarships be enough?

Sheila Regan, Twin Cities Daily Planet, July 6, 2013 – When early education scholarships became available last fall in Minnesota, the $2 million in funds were used up within one month. Thanks to new legislation spearheaded by Governor Dayton, $23 million will be available for the 2014 fiscal year. “It will be interesting to see the effect of […]

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Minnesota needs to measure budget effectiveness

Peter Heegaard and Angie Eilers, Star Tribune Commentary, June 24, 2013 – Now that another legislative session has come to an end, Minnesotans should be asking: What are the outcomes and how do we know what we are getting for a $38 billion budget? The answers we should expect are that our dollars are achieving the […]

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Legislative tweaks add up to big relief for districts like North Branch

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, June 20, 2013 – Six months ago, North Branch Area Public Schools Superintendent Deb Henton was trying to figure out how to make up a projected budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 school year of $1.6 million and a stunning $2.2 million the year after that. No mean feat for any administrator, but considering that […]

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Magnet schools: Deal still possible for Crosswinds, Harambee programs

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, June 7, 2013 – The future of two east-metro magnet schools is back in the hands of board members who just a few months ago voted to end their relationship with the schools. Board members of the East Metro Integration District, or EMID, hoped state lawmakers would decide the futures of Harambee […]

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Dayton signs bill funding all-day K, early childhood education

Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio, May 22, 2013 – Gov. Mark Dayton signed an education budget bill Wednesday that boosts funding for public schools over the next two years, funds all-day kindergarten statewide for the first time and retools high school testing requirements. Dayton praised both the passage of the bill, and the tax increases that […]

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