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K-12 education

May 22, 2015

Sides dig in for tough education talks

Rep. Jenifer Loon leads a group seeking targeted pre-K aid.

May 20, 2015

Chaotic close draws complaints about process

An ambitious legislative agenda unravels as time runs out on the session.

Apr 17, 2015

Math problem: reconciling school bills

The two bills are so utterly different that neither is likely to hold its current shape after the two sides negotiate in a conference committee.

Jan 28, 2015

Contrasting agendas at the State Capitol

The priorities for both parties will have to take into account the two budgetary “whales in the bathtub:” K-12 education and health care.

Jul 30, 2014

Education needs to be a key election issue

Education will lay the foundation for the future — for better or worse.

Jun 11, 2014

Smith: Reinventing school ‘ecosystems’ the Harvard way

A paper published by the Harvard Business School describes a growing national “Strive Together” network founded on the belief that educational outcomes could improve by addressing a child's nutritional, medical, and social needs in addition to what the school district alone provides.

May 14, 2014

Smith: In Austin, building social capital for student success

“Feast and Conversation” event aims to break down barriers and build new connections to help improve education and student success.

Apr 23, 2014

Budget conferees get to work

The Minnesota House budget bill goes higher in out-years spending commitments than the Senate version.

Apr 26, 2013

Senate passes education finance bill amid roll call drama (update)

The DFL-controlled Senate’s bill faced unanimous Republican opposition as well as three DFL defectors, but prevailed in a 35-28 vote.

Apr 24, 2013

House passes $15.7B education finance bill

K-12 education finance bills that account for roughly 40 percent of the state’s general fund spending are moving through the House and Senate floors this week.

Apr 9, 2013

House K-12 budget adds $315 million to basic funding formula

House DFLers want to increase the amount of money that all public schools receive by 2 percent in each year of the next biennium -- a total cost of $315 million. That works out to $209 in additional spending for each student across the state.

Nov 30, 2011

Metro schools survey: Nearly two-thirds will borrow to cover costs

The survey found 24 of the 46 districts surveyed by the association will need to borrow, a significant increase over the 15 districts that borrowed last year.

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