MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota lawmakers are taking up education legislation this week. So, they along with teachers, students and parents held a pep rally at St. Paul Central High School to support new investments in education.
“We want to make 2013 the education session because investing in our kids will pave the way for future economic success,” said House Speaker Paul Thissen.
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Thissen said Minnesota has experienced budget deficits in 8 out of the last 10 years. The response each year has been a “cuts and gimmicks” approach that has led to cuts in education.
“As Minnesotans, we take pride in our state’s tradition of education excellence, but in recent years we have slipped,” said House Majority Leader Erin Murphy.
Murphy said the plan includes funding early learning, strategic funding for K-12 schools, by increasing per pupil funding for Minnesota schools throughout the state.