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Education advocate is moving on

Erin Schmidtke, Session Weekly, February 3, 2012 – At age eight, Rep. Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville) knew she wanted to become a teacher. Years later, her accomplishments would include earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, teaching in St. Paul public schools, and later being elected to the Roseville Area School Board and finally […]

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I’m Just Sayin’: ‘New normal’ will require new state miracle

Greg Sellnow, Rochester Post-Bulletin, March 14, 2011 – Here’s a little snapshot of Minnesota history, based on my dad’s family. He grew up on his parents’ farm and had five siblings. He’s the only one of the six who went to college. Two of his siblings quit school after eighth grade. His only sister married […]

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When It Comes to School Finances, No News is Not Good News

When It Comes to School Finances, No News is Not Good News Monday, August 23, 2010 12:00 AM Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020 Using published data from state sources, Minnesota 2020 has repeatedly demonstrated that real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) state aid to Minnesota public schools has declined sharply since fiscal year (FY) 2003.*  Unfortunately for Minnesota […]

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3 DFL candidates with 3 school funding ideas

Don Davis, Forum Communications (Duluth News Tribune), July 26, 2010 – MINNEAPOLIS — Improving education demands more money, Minnesota’s top three Democratic governor candidates say — a tough challenge when the next state budget could face a $6 billion deficit. The three promote different ideas about school funding: # Mark Dayton promises to tax the […]

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Entenza rolls out education plans, without new money

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune, June 18, 2010 – Among his proposals, the DFL candidate would pull the state out of No Child Left Behind federal program. DFL gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza said Thursday that if elected governor, he would reduce the number of tests that school kids take, pull the state out of the […]

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Division gets first look at omnibus K-12 education bill

Kris Berggren, Session Daily, April 26, 2010 – Education advocates praised the omnibus K-12 education bill as “very solid.” They said it would eliminate current uncertainty in school funding and stabilize future funding. Sponsored by Rep. Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville), the House K-12 Education Finance Division chairwoman, HF2431 would codify shifts in school payments made by […]

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We Need Another Miracle

Guest Editorial, Minnesota 2020, June 29, 2009 – Greg Vandal, Superintendent, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District For 20 years as a superintendent, I’ve made the annual pilgrimage. Mecca is not the destination but rather St. Paul. Still, the education faithful descend on Minnesota’s capital city with similar zeal. It is not enlightenment we seek. Rather, it […]

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Lack of Education Policy Vision Plays Out In Rural Minnesota

John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020, May 20, 2009 – Minnesota’s state education policy lacks vision. While educators across the nation and around the globe prepare students for both the workforce and to be competent citizens, Minnesota’s educators remain saddled with unfunded mandates, a regressive state funding policy, and a set of education policies the state has […]

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No compromises yet in Minn. budget negotiations

Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio, May 12, 2009 – There’s still no overall budget agreement at the Capitol, but Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate say they still plan to pass all their remaining budget bills by Wednesday night, and send them to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. St. Paul, Minn. — Conference committee negotiations continued […]

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It may take a miracle to fund school ‘Miracle’

Norman Draper, Star Tribune, December 27, 2008 – DFL representatives last spring announced a massive funding plan for K-12 education that they would unveil at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session. They dubbed it the “New Minnesota Miracle” after the 1970s reform that shifted much of the responsibility for paying for schools from property […]

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