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Education Minnesota: Legislature delivered on promises to students


Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Education Minnesota President Denise Specht released the following statement on the 2014 legislative session following the signing of the budget and bonding bills by Gov. Mark Dayton.

“Students and parents will see real improvements in their schools this fall and that didn’t happen by accident,” said Education Minnesota President Denise Specht. “Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature promised to make education a priority two years ago. They delivered on those promises.”

Among the improvements made in the 2013 and 2014 sessions:

•Raising achievement through universal access to all-day, every day kindergarten.

•Reducing bullying through the Safe & Supportive Schools Act.

•Increasing overall investment in E-12 education by $525 million.

•$40 million for special education, chipping away at unfunded federal mandates.

•$80 million for state grants to make college more affordable.

•$10 million dedicated to teacher quality through evaluations and training.

•Fully repaid more than $2 billion borrowed from K-12 public schools.

•$4.6 million to improve access to Early Childhood and Family Education.

•Creates online special education reporting system, which aims to reduce redundant paperwork.

•$17 million annually to attract and retain high-quality MnSCU faculty.

•Budgeted $279 million for capital improvements at state colleges and universities.

“The investments made in the past two years will train, and sometimes re-train, the workforce on which our economy depends,” Specht said. “The dedicated educators of Minnesota will work tirelessly to make sure these new resources prepare our students for successful lives and careers.”

About Education Minnesota

Education Minnesota represents 70,000 professionals working together for excellence in education for all students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. More information about Education Minnesota is available at www.educationminnesota.org.

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