Gov. Pawlenty outlined his general proposals for education funding during a speech Friday, acknowledging that school boards need more state money to keep up with rising costs. He also sought to dampen expectations for funding all-day kindergarten statewide.
There's one thing everyone at the Capitol seems to agree on for the 2007 legislative session -- Minnesota's public schools will get more money. But it may not be enough for some parents and education groups, who are calling for an overhaul of the way Minnesota funds schools.
Will a new University of Minnesota football stadium funding plan, hailed by a bipartisan group of legislators and the governor as a "win-win," be an easy touchdown at the Legislature this session?
The University of Minnesota is going to the Legislature with a plan to dedicate $330 million of state bonding money over the next 10 years for academic biomedical research. University President Robert Bruininks publicly unveiled the plan in his State of the University address Thursday.