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Jun 12, 2015

Walker takes on higher education in Wisconsin

Eliminating tenure in state law, as Walker proposed in January and a Republican-controlled legislative committee approved earlier this month, is part of a larger overhaul of higher education policy.

Jun 10, 2015

Higher-ed bill one step in right direction

Without much fanfare in the recently adjourned 2015 legislative session, we joined the pack of 32 states with a specific higher-ed attainment goal written into state law.

May 1, 2015

Crossing the party line at the Capitol

While some members choose to vote against their caucus out of protest or principle, others have strategic intent when they press the button.

Apr 29, 2015

Tempers flare before House passes higher ed bill

The higher education omnibus bill became yet another case study in the poisonous style of debate that now seems a given in the House.

Apr 8, 2015

Dems cut price tag of community college aid bill

Senate Democrats wanted to make community college free for Minnesota residents.

Feb 18, 2015

Creating pathways to the workforce

We ought to consider guaranteeing to all Minnesota youth access to a meaningful postsecondary certificate or degree, with multiple pathways to the most relevant and employable skills and credentials.

Jan 9, 2015

‘Skills gap,’ education top Senate priority list

The upper chamber’s returning leadership unveiled its priority bills Thursday morning, highlighting six different proposals that will serve as the foundation for its agenda this session

Dec 26, 2014

Teachers prepare legislative syllabus

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says GOP House changes the union’s expectations, but not its priorities.

Aug 22, 2014

UW regents request $95M budget increase

The regents' request comes despite Walker’s warning to all state agencies not to expect any additional tax dollars in his 2015-17 budget.

Mar 26, 2014

House bonding bill advances higher ed projects

The proposal includes more than $436 million for projects at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses.

Apr 15, 2013

MN House rolls out higher ed budget bill

The state House has introduced a higher education bill that seeks to freeze tuition at the state’s two public higher education systems by increasing their funding. The House’s higher education budget bill increases funding for 2014-2015 by $150 million and gives most of the money to the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Jan 9, 2013

Higher ed budgets headed for scrutiny

Gene Pelowski pulled out his iPad on the first day of session and went straight to YouTube. The incoming Democratic chairman of the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee likes to pull up the same video clip for anyone who comes into his office to ask for something: the famous opening scene of the Marx brother’s 1932 movie “Horse Feathers.”

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