A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.
At 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.
During 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.
In most school districts, children start school at age 5 when they go to kindergarten.