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After $79 million spending boost, Minnesota preschool push continues

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, Nov 24, 2015   The push for expanded preschool funding didn’t end in June when the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up a special session by agreeing on a $79 million spending boost. For Gov. Mark Dayton, who says giving families widely expanded access to preschool is a top priority of his final years […]

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Special session should mark the beginning of the end for Minnesota’s achievement gap

MinnPost, Sarah Caruso and Jeffrey A. Hassan, May 28, 2015 We are counting on our elected officials to put aside political disagreements to help Minnesota revive its education legacy. Minnesota is on the verge of taking a big step toward closing the education achievement gap. However, with mere hours left in the session, leaders were […]

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Early learning experts called in by GOP, Dayton for pre-K discussions

Ricardo Lopez, Star Tribune, May 28, 2015 Discussions have centered on Dayton’s top priority of universal preschool.   House Republicans and Gov. Mark Dayton each called in academic heavyweights to make their cases as negotiations over how Minnesota should deliver preschool instruction continued Thursday. Art Rolnick, formerly a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank […]

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Minnesota’s debate on universal preschool exposes differences

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, May 16, 2015 A breakthrough, in that it was on the table. A rift, however, in terms of execution. Crafting smart public policy often requires asking the right question. That thought occurred when Carrie Lucking, Education Minnesota’s policy director, took the microphone as part of a May 8 Twin West Chamber […]

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Key committee rejects universal, all-day preschool bill 

Hank Long, Session Daily, February 24, 2015 A bill that would give school districts the opportunity to offer all-day preschool to 4-year-olds stalled Tuesday in the House Education Innovation Policy Committee. Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) began her push for universal, voluntary pre-kindergarten in the public schools during the 2014 legislative session, saying Minnesotans are frustrated […]

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Early Learning: universal pre-K and scholarships

In February of 2015, Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL—St. Paul) introduced HF46, which establishes and funds a state wide universal all-day preschool program for four-year olds not receiving an early learning scholarship. Author, Rep. Murphy, told us that she believes voluntary pre-K should be available for four year olds across Minnesota. If we choose to invest […]

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Use early-ed dollars to help low-income students

EDITORIAL BOARD, Star Tribune, February 17, 2015 Targeting state funds at low-income students will have real impact. After years of legislative inattention, early education is finally getting the traction it deserves in Minnesota. Last session, lawmakers approved state-supported all-day kindergarten for all 5-year-olds. Before that, the state funded need-based scholarships to send 3- and 4-year-olds […]

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Children and Families Top Governor Dayton’s Budget Priorities

The Office of the Governor Blog, January 27, 2015  With $1 billion budget surplus, Governor Dayton proposes bold new investments in education ST. PAUL, MN – After a decade of deficits, state leaders are now facing a $1 billion budget surplus created by Minnesota’s strong and growing economy. As Minnesota begins the discussion about where […]

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A pot of money for early education

Art Rolnick and Mike Meyers, Star Tribune Commentary, January 26, 2015 Our plan would use School Trust Lands as permanent funding for low-income preschool kids.  Selling is not only about having a good product. It’s about convincing the buyer that the price is affordable. “No money down.” “Buy now and save.” “Twenty-four easy payments (and […]

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Advocates make pitch for increased early ed funding 

Hank Long, Session Daily, January 22, 2015 A coalition of early education advocates are convinced they have found the most effective way to close the achievement gap. It starts early, they say. And it takes support from a variety of community resources and state funding to ensure that all children are kindergarten ready. MinneMinds — […]

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