A retired English teacher will help set Republicans’ agenda for making changes to the state’s schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government.
A bill making significant changes to the process for teacher layoffs is headed to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who has pledged a veto.
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.
The Minnesota House passed an education funding bill early Wednesday that increases per-pupil payments to public schools while also making major changes to how schools operate, including ending the current teacher tenure system and banning teacher strikes.