Dayton Takes Preschool Pitch To Minnesota's Tiniest StudentsThe 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.
Dayton Vetoes Public School Budget But Waits On Other BillsGov. Mark Dayton has followed through on his promise to veto the Legislature's budget for public schools.
Budget-Setting Session Reaches Deadline, But Show May Go OnA 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.
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.
Law Enforcement Pushing For $150M Annually For PreschoolMore than 100 law enforcement leaders across Minnesota are asking lawmakers for a minimum of $150 million a year for preschool programs.
Senate DFL Doesn't Go As Far As Dayton On Preschool SpendingJust 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.
Dayton Ramps Up Campaign For Expansive Pre-K InitiativeGov. 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.
Dayton Pushes Major Spending Programs In SpeechOn 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.
Report: MN Near Bottom In Rate Of Kids In Public PreschoolA 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.
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.
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.