A variety of hot-button policy issues remain unsettled this session, and the gulf between positions taken by the governor and either or both legislative chambers leaves just about many of those proposals in jeopardy.
Freshman Republican Sen. Pam Wolf, who spent much of her first term at the Capitol working to repeal a seniority-based teacher layoff law, was one of 29 teachers in Anoka County that recently lost their job.
As promised, Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a key GOP education bill to repeal the state's so-called "last in, first out" law, which protects teachers with the most seniority when school districts are hit with layoffs.
While legislative leaders haggled in private regarding the 2012 session’s marquee legislation, rank-and-file legislators spent long hours on the floors of the House and Senate processing members’ pet bills.
At an impromptu news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Mark Dayton reiterated that he would like to see a bonding bill and a proposal to fund a new Vikings stadium passed before the session adjourns -- which could be as soon as early next week -- but he is waiting for word from Legislative leadership on which pieces they think can be in the mix.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders of the Legislature spent the week fielding questions about their close-of-session priorities, and lawmakers shuttled between news conferences and marathon floor sessions in both chambers.
A year after Republican legislators joined forces with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to enact changes to state education policy, the GOP’s 2012 K-12 agenda is foundering.
A bipartisan majority voted to send the bill to conference committee. Teachers have blasted the bill as an attack on tenure.
Assistant Senate Minority Leader Terri Bonoff predicted Friday that the bill -- which has drawn the ire of teachers and some DFLers -- would pass and head to the governor's desk.
The House moved to eliminate state law that directs school districts to terminate teachers with the least seniority during rounds of teacher layoffs.
Last year the House Republican majority introduced wide-ranging and comprehensive proposals to overhaul the teaching profession and diminish the power of teachers unions to set education policy.
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