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But what are we waiting for?

We keep say we are waiting to hear what leadership decides on transportation, taxes and bonding, before we can tell you more about what will happen (or not happen) in education this year. But what does that mean? What decisions have to be made? What is in the balance? MPR News interviewed “leadership:” Governor Dayton, Speaker […]

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Tensions are high as session winds down

As we think about what is and is not included in omnibus bills for education this session, it is important to consider what else the state needs to fund. The Star Tribune writes about tensions rising among lawmakers as the session’s end draws closer.

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Minnesota House DFLers propose eduction spending increase, with achievement goals

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, April 9, 2013 – Minnesota House Democrats are proposing a $15.7 billion budget plan for K-12 education that would bump up the basic funding formula by $315 million and add money for all-day kindergarten and early childhood education. The bill also would require school districts to create strategic plans to achieve some […]

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Push on in Minnesota Legislature for education funding

Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune – April 1, 2013 – If higher taxes are the medicine the DFL wants the state to swallow, then more money for education — from finger-painting preschoolers to debt-burdened undergrads — could be the sweetener that makes it go down easier. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL leaders of the House and […]

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On break, lawmakers bring budget talks home

Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio, March 25, 2013 – State lawmakers will be back in their home districts this week, talking to constituents about the budget during their Easter/Passover break. Gov. Mark Dayton will also be talking about the budget during town hall meetings scheduled in Moorhead and St. Cloud. The DFL governor’s latest budget proposal […]

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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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Dayton, Senate Democrats cool to House surtax plan

James Nord, MinnPost, March 20, 2013 – Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats reacted coolly Wednesday to a House plan for a temporary surtax on high-income Minnesotans. The funding mechanism would be used to pay back about $800 million the government still owes the state school system. On Tuesday, the House proposed a “blink-off” surcharge on the top […]

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House DFL proposes surtax on high incomes to pay back schools

James Nord, MinnPost, March 20, 2013 – House Democrats are willing to  make Minnesota temporarily one of the highest-taxed states in the nation to fulfill their campaign promise of paying back money lawmakers borrowed from schools to solve the state’s fiscal woes. They go a step further than Gov. Mark Dayton – who proposed a $1.1 […]

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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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School officials turn down lawmakers’ repayment offer

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, February 27, 2013 – Lawmakers at the Capitol are offering to pay back the money they borrowed from schools, but education officials are politely declining. As a way to balance the state budget, lawmakers in recent years delayed funding to schools. At one point, schools received about 60 percent of their […]

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