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Session 2015: Where Issues Stand With Special Session Done

The Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here’s a look at some of the state’s new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.

06/15/2015

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Dayton Takes Preschool Pitch To Minnesota’s Tiniest Students

The Democratic governor visited Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley on Friday to help students in a preschool program learn to count and socialize. It’s one of several stops Dayton has planned as lawmakers gear up for a special session to solve a dispute over education funding.

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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Budget-Setting Session Reaches Deadline, But Show May Go On

A midnight deadline to adopt a new two-year budget bore down Monday on the Minnesota Legislature, which could see its stay in St. Paul extended by a rift over preschool.

05/18/2015

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House GOP Finalizes Bid In Education Funding Debate

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.

04/25/2015

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Law Enforcement Pushing For $150M Annually For Preschool

More than 100 law enforcement leaders across Minnesota are asking lawmakers for a minimum of $150 million a year for preschool programs.

04/22/2015

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Senate DFL Doesn’t Go As Far As Dayton On Preschool Spending

Just one day after Gov. Mark Dayton visited a St. Paul pre-kindergarten class, his fellow Democrats passed a bill with only a fraction of the funding he wants to send every 4 year old in Minnesota to school for free.

04/15/2015

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Dayton Ramps Up Campaign For Expansive Pre-K Initiative

Gov. Mark Dayton’s drive for universal, tuition-free preschool for all Minnesota 4-year-olds is cementing its place in his bottom line for a new budget. Dayton emphasized Tuesday that he considers the program essential as budget negotiations near.

04/14/2015

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Dayton Pushes Major Spending Programs In Speech

On Thursday night, Gov. Mark Dayton is slated to deliver his annual State of the State address, the fifth speech of its kind for the two-term Democratic governor.

04/09/2015

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Report: MN Near Bottom In Rate Of Kids In Public Preschool

A new report shows Minnesota near the bottom nationally in the rate of children enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs. The U.S. Department of Education report says about 15 percent of Minnesota’s 72,000 4-year-olds participated in such programs in the 2012-2013 school year.

04/07/2015

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Talking Points: Gov. Dayton Stands Behind His Pre-K Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton is continuing to double down on his efforts to dramatically expand funding for early childhood education.

03/22/2015

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Gov. Dayton Proposes Free Preschool For 4-Year-Olds

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.

03/20/2015

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Senate Dems Expand Ed Focus To Counselors, Dual Credit

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are expanding their focus on education. They want to increase school funding for counselors and programs that let high school students earn college credit.

02/04/2015

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Child Care Industry Cool To Free Preschool Push

Representatives of Minnesota’s child care industry say a push to fund all-day preschool will make their services more expensive. Senate Democrats want to set aside money for statewide preschool programs starting with the 2015 school year.

01/21/2015

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Study: All Day Preschool Helps Kids Perform Better In Kindergarten

The more time preschoolers spend in class, the better they perform in kindergarten. That’s the finding of a new study by a University of Minnesota researcher.

11/25/2014

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5-Year-Old Forgoes Birthday Gifts For Global Altruism

A 5-year-old St. Paul boy named Liam March-Schmalstieg didn’t want the typical birthday gifts. Instead, the pre-schooler wanted his party guests to give to an orphanage in Africa. And now the boy’s gesture unexpectedly have come full circle.

09/05/2013

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US Ed Chief Headed To Minn. For Preschool Pitch

Minnesota is getting a visit from the nation’s education chief as he makes a pitch for expanded government spending on early childhood learning programs.

07/12/2013

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Chinese Teacher Posts Abusive Photos Online

A young preschool teacher has been fired for posting more than 700 pics of her abusing her students.

10/26/2012

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Best and Most Affordable Preschools in the Twin Cities

Various studies have deemed Minnesota students among the most successful in the nation. Combine that with evidence of positive long term effects that preschool and early childhood education programs have on children and their future educational paths, and Minnesota’s myriad preschools begins to make sense. In choosing the best and most inexpensive preschools in the area, consider cost as well as reviews and programs provided by the prospective preschools. While you’re shopping around, check out this handful of the best and most affordable in the Twin Cities area.

05/18/2012

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Safety Violations Found At Head Start Centers

It’s the kind of stuff that gives moms nightmares: a machete near a play area, household chemicals accessible to preschoolers, and instructors teaching without a criminal background check.

12/13/2011