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Opinion: It is time to get serious about funding education

Allison Fetrow and Dean Eyler, Sun Sailor, April 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm With all the media coverage of the state’s budget surplus, you may be surprised to learn that the most recent education “targets” (the amount of money legislators intend to spend on education) released by the House and Senate fall far short of […]

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Crumbling Fiscal Foundation: A Decade of Decline in State Investment

Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020, April 15, 2013 – On this Tax Day, tea party activists will fan out across Minnesota to protest out of control government spending. In Minnesota that’s just not the case, adjusting for inflation, population growth, budgeting gimmicks and state takeovers, the State of Minnesota is spending 18 percent less that it […]

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Education advocates fearing DFL ‘under-reach’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 4, 2013 – On Tuesday, state House and Senate committees are expected to release their proposed omnibus education-finance bills. If the fear at the start of the session in some circles was of DFL over-reach, it’s fair to say that right now some sectors of the education community are fretting about under-reach. […]

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Ed. commissioner tours, talks in Marshall

Jenny Kirk , Marshall Independent, March 26, 2013 – Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius paid a visit to Marshall on Monday, to not only share Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget of $640 million for education in Minnesota but also engage in conversations about key investments, such as early childhood and all-day kindergarten funding, with area […]

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Dayton takes his tax and spending proposals on the road

Baird Helgeson, Star Tribune, March 21, 2013 – DFL Gov. Mark Dayton came to friendly ground Wednesday night to kick off a statewide campaign-style sales pitch for his plan to raise taxes on high earners and smokers to increase spending for schools and public safety. “It’s simple tax fairness,” he told a feisty, standing-room-only crowd in […]

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Minnesota schools need more, much more

Tom Dooher, Bob Meeks and Gary Amoroso, Star Tribune Commentary, March 14, 2013 – The needs of our schools and our students go beyond additional financial resources, but educators of all kinds agree that sufficient funding is a necessary first step. That’s why our classroom teachers, school board members and school administrators have formed an […]

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Educators voice support for Dayton’s budget

Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio, March 11, 2013 – Several education groups today voiced support for Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget which would increase funding for early childhood learning, all-day kindergarten and special education, among other priority areas. Schools have never recovered from losing the general education levy in 2001 and shifting more responsibility to the state, […]

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Dayton tax bill gets first hearing; hundreds weigh in

Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press, February 28, 2013 – Minnesotans care passionately about Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to overhaul the state’s tax system. The evidence: Hundreds of citizens lined up to testify for and against Dayton’s plan at the first legislative hearing on it at the State Office Building on Wednesday night, Feb. 27. The crowd spilled […]

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Governor’s school aid increase viewed as helpful, but not enough

Sarah Lemagie, Session Weekly, February 21, 2013 – School leaders are thanking the governor for his plans to increase education spending, but also say that schools need more. The House Education Finance Committee heard variations on that theme from a string of school advocates who weighed in Thursday on the bill that would adopt Gov. Mark Dayton’s E-12 […]

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House scrutinizes governor’s school budget bill

Sarah Lemagie, Session Daily, February 19, 2013 – Legislators got a look Tuesday at Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to fund Minnesota schools during a hearing on the House bill that would adopt his plan. HF630 lays out the details of Dayton’s E-12 education budget, which would increase school spending by $344 million over the next two years. […]

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