Minnesota Republicans Say They Will 'Declare War' On Achievement GapGov. Dayton has made statewide pre-Kindergarten one of his biggest priorities for the remaining two years of his administration.
Dayton Says Republicans Trying To Eliminate Pre-K FundingFunding Pre-K education is one of Governor Mark Dayton's top priorities. But he says House Republicans are trying to eliminate it.
Dayton And Lawmakers Refocus Budget Fight On EducationWednesday evening, Minnesota's top lawmakers started a new round of private talks about holding a special session of the Minnesota legislature.
Special Session's Agenda Will Go Beyond EducationThe Democratic governor on Wednesday ramped up pressure on lawmakers to include funding for his No. 1 priority: a statewide pre-kindergarten program. He'll meet as early as next Tuesday with the Republican House Speaker to hammer out the agenda for the special session.
Lawmakers Scrambling For Budget Deal Before Midnight DeadlineTime is running out for Minnesota lawmakers to reach a budget deal, and money for education is the main sticking point.
Education Spending Bill Passes House, Heads To SenateA highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.
House GOP Finalizes Bid In Education Funding DebateAt a rally outside the capitol Saturday, activists say with a $2 billion surplus, now is the time to invest in education. Republicans want to use the surplus to lower taxes.
Gov. Dayton Proposes Free Preschool For 4-Year-OldsDuring a visit to a Newport Elementary classroom Friday morning, Gov. Mark Dayton made his pitch for universal preschool for Minnesota 4-year-olds. The administration estimates the proposal would affect 47,300 students in its first year, eventually growing to roughly 57,000 in a few years.
Pre-Kindergarten Program Helping Close Achievement Gap In most school districts, children start school at age 5 when they go to kindergarten.

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