Minnesota lawmakers are giving school districts a chance to get their academic years started sooner this fall. An education plan set for upcoming votes by the Legislature would allow all districts to resume classes on Sept. 1 for the coming year only.
House Republicans think they can quickly reach a special session deal with Gov. Mark Dayton on public school funding.
Here’s a look at the four things you need to know for April 26, 2015.
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.