Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an education package that boosts spending on schools and scales back high-stakes testing. Dayton and Democratic legislators on Wednesday celebrated the $15.7 billion bill, which is about $485 million more than the state spends now.
The Minnesota House has unanimously passed a bill that would require teachers to pass a basic skills test before getting a teacher’s license.
Mayors and superintendents from three of Minnesota’s largest school districts are criticizing a Republican-sponsored education bill moving through the Legislature.
The Republican House passed a sweeping education bill that would change funding for every school in Minnesota. It would also change the way teachers and schools are evaluated.