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Dayton: Will Keep Seeking Money For Early Education

Gov. Mark Dayton is putting lawmakers on notice: They’ll have to pony up more for early education programs to unlock money for their priorities. Republican legislators have big plans for tax relief heading into the 2016 legislative session. But Dayton said Tuesday he won’t sign a tax bill if the Legislature doesn’t put up an “equitable” amount for early education.

07/21/2015

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Families Spending Less On Back-To-School Shopping

It’s the middle of July, but some families have already started their back-to-school shopping. Spending has grown 42 percent in the last decade. But this year, families plan to cut back.

07/15/2015

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After 71 Years, World War II Vet Receives H.S. Diploma

He left high school 71 years ago, but a World War II Veteran finally received his diploma on Monday. Russell Whittaker was 17 years old when he left Mound High School in 1944 to enlist in the U.S. Navy.

07/13/2015

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Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late Budget

Minnesota’s path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.

06/12/2015

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Walker Makes Case For Education Reforms Nationwide

Scott Walker touted changes he’s made to K-12 education as governor in Wisconsin in a newspaper column published Wednesday, saying there’s “no reason” what he’s done in the state can’t be matched nationwide.

06/10/2015

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Lawmakers Go Public With Budget Agreements Made In Private

Concrete details about incomplete parts of a new Minnesota government budget are surfacing ahead of a coming special session. An education plan negotiated in private but posted publicly on Friday shows schools are in line for a sizable increase in per-pupil allowances.

06/05/2015

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Dayton Abandons Pre-K Plan, But Still No Budget Deal With GOP

Gov. Mark Dayton has abandoned his priority plan for a statewide pre-kindergarten program but remains at odds with GOP lawmakers over the amount of new funding for public schools. Republican leaders said Friday that progress had been made in private talks but the Democratic governor described the state of negotiations as a disappointment.

05/29/2015

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Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks Stall

Thousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.

05/29/2015

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New Grant Program Shines Light On Exceptional Mpls. Educators

So many teachers support kids in their classroom in ways that go unnoticed every day. Now, a new program is not only shining a spotlight on the good work teachers are doing, but giving them the funds to keep doing it.

05/27/2015

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Minnesotan To Meet: Vantage School’s Chris Pears

When he first moved to Minnesota, he only knew one thing about the state: it’s where Prince was from. But it’s the way Chris Pears is revolutionizing education in Minnetonka is what makes him this week’s Minnesotan to Meet.

05/26/2015

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Dayton Proposes Tax Cut In Exchange For More Education Money

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a tax cut in return for a scaled-back version of his plan for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.

05/23/2015

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Dayton Signs 4 Budget Bills, Still Weighing Other Vetoes

The Democratic governor has already vetoed a public school funding bill he deems insufficient. He’s also weighing calls to veto budgets that fund environment and agricultural programs, state government agencies and a jobs and energy bill.

05/22/2015

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Dayton Vetoes Public School Budget But Waits On Other Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has followed through on his promise to veto the Legislature’s budget for public schools.

05/21/2015

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Gov. Dayton Not Sorry For Saying GOP Hates Public Schools

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he will not apologize for comments he made about Republicans after lawmakers did not pass his top priority: statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Dayton plans to veto the $17 billion education bill later this week and call a special session of the legislature to pass a new version instead.

05/20/2015

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Special Session Means 2nd Chance For Some Interests

Now that Minnesota lawmakers will be pulled back into action, the second-chance stampede is on. Groups with a gripe about the budget are trying to get in on the special session provoked by a promised veto of a $17 billion education spending plan, and some want Gov. Mark Dayton to veto other bills too.

05/20/2015

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s Ban On Common Core Up For Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards is up for a vote in the Legislature’s budget committee.

05/19/2015

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Lawmakers Scrambling For Budget Deal Before Midnight Deadline

Time is running out for Minnesota lawmakers to reach a budget deal, and money for education is the main sticking point.

05/18/2015

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As Lawmakers Battle Budget Deadline, Impact Becomes Clearer

As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state’s next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $41.5 billion package on the states’ residents started coming into focus.

05/17/2015

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Former All-American Gopher Bobby Bell Earns College Diploma At 74

NFL Hall-Of-Famer and former All-American Gopher Bobby Bell has been making national headlines this week. The 74-year-old earned his college degree after heading back to school to finish.

05/16/2015

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Sen. Dibble Optimistic Lawmakers Can Reach A Budget Deal

While Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt proved they could fish together during the weekend opener, it remains to be seen if they can agree on a budget deal.

05/10/2015

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Commissioner OKs 4-Day Week For 5 Minnesota School Districts

Six Minnesota school districts will be allowed to continue a four-day school week next year. Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius this week approved requests from five requests to continue a shortened week through the next school year.

05/01/2015

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Legislative Auditor To Examine State Teaching Board

Minnesota’s teaching board is getting a look from the state’s legislative auditor. The board handles appeals from would-be educators denied Minnesota teaching licenses. It’s come under scrutiny at the Capitol this year from Republicans and Democrats alike. Some lawmakers and advocates say the board’s policies keep qualified teachers out of classrooms.

05/01/2015

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With ‘Promise Zone’ Designation, Another Push For Universal Pre-K

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Minnesota on Tuesday and called the state a model for others. He announced that the White House has named Minneapolis a “Promise Zone.” That means the city can get a leg up on the competition when applying for federal grants that create jobs and help close the achievement gap.

04/28/2015

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Education Spending Bill Passes House, Heads To Senate

A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.

04/25/2015

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House GOP Finalizing Bid In Education Funding Debate

Republicans in the Minnesota House are firming up their stance on one of the session’s biggest issues: education. A floor session on the GOP’s education budget was expected to last hours Saturday. The House would spend about $157 million more on schools and families over the next two years. The bulk of that is in money districts can use however they like.

04/25/2015

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