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Early education: The earlier, the better

Art Rolnick, Kate Mortenson and Barb Fabre, Star Tribune, September 21, 2015 Minnesota is making progress preparing our youngest students for school, but it needs to keep its focus clear. So let’s reframe the issue. KURT STRAZDINS • TNSKurt Strazdins/TNS Minnesota has made historic investments in early learning over the last several years. And through […]

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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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The elements of an E-12 deal for Minnesota are present

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, May 23, 2015 The School Readiness program could be the catalyst in special-session discussions. We’ll get to the Legislature’s impending special session in a moment. First, a Perpich story: It was September 1985, and my reporting assignment involved traipsing around the state with DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich. It wasn’t easy for […]

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Dayton’s so-called pout over universal preschool should be called leadership

Wy Spano, MinnPost, May 19, 2015 For Minnesota’s sake, I sure hope Mark Dayton wins this argument. Calling Gov. Mark Dayton’s attempt to introduce the concept of universal preschool into Minnesota a “public pout,” as Doug Grow did in his May 18 MinnPost column (“Why Dayton’s veto threat may pose problems — for Dayton”) is, […]

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Why Dayton’s veto threat may pose problems — for Dayton

Doug Grow, MinnPost, May 18, 2015 Gov. Mark Dayton wants what he wants — and if he doesn’t get $173 million for his pre-kindergarten program for the state’s four-year-old children, he’s going to veto an entire education bill. Gov. Mark Dayton has long been fond of a particular saying: “The governor proposes and the Legislature […]

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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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Area schools say state funding bills fall short

Kevin Allenspach, Kirsti Marohn and David Unze, St. Cloud Times, May 12, 2015 (Photo: Kimm Anderson, kanderson@stcloudtimes.com) If ever there was a year that state education funding would see a significant increase, St. Cloud-area school leaders thought this would be it. With a budget surplus of almost $1.9 billion, school officials thought surely state lawmakers […]

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As budget talks intensify, Dayton doubles down on school funding: Republicans balk at request for a 2 percent increase (up from 1 percent) for school spending

Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, May 11, 2015 In this May 5, 2015 photo, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton talks about the remaining two weeks of the 2015 legislative session at the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he and Senate Democrats had agreed on a K-12 school […]

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Dayton calls for larger 4 percent boost to school funding formula

Ricardo Lopez, Star Tribune’s Hot Dish Politics, May 11, 2015 After meeting with DFL legislative leaders, Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday said he and Senate DFLers will push for a larger increase on the basic school funding formula, an overall 4 percent increase than current Dayton and Senate proposals calling for a 2 percent increase. Aid […]

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Republicans want preschool scholarships, not universal pre-K

MPR News, Tim Pugmire, April 14, 2015 LISTEN Story audio4min 14sec On a day when Gov. Mark Dayton returned to a classroom to push his plan for universal preschool for four-year-olds, Republicans in the Minnesota House released an education bill that takes a much different approach. Ignoring Dayton’s $348 million funding proposal for universal pre-K, the […]

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