The program has served 8,400 children in the last two years, but its funding could be in jeopardy as state legislators debate whether to continue the service.
Republican Sen. Pam Wolf of Spring Lake Park wants to block union dues from funding political activity unless employees ask to contribute.
Gov. Mark Dayton told a group of college students, faculty members and administrators Wednesday that he has strengthened his resolve to fight against cuts in higher education funding.
Brenda Cassellius said there is some room for agreement on Republican-backed education bills but other sections of the bills are unfair.
Backers say the bill aims at Minnesota's racial achievement gap by eliminating racial integration aid to several large districts in favor of incentives for districts that improve student literacy.
The legislation also curbs collective bargaining rights by banning teacher strikes, and ending the tenure system in favor of five-year contracts.
An education think tank helped shape the policies outlined in the bill, and says the trend away from tenure is a growing trend nationwide.
Gov. Mark Dayton said that he doesn't like some components of the school funding bill passed by the House early Wednesday morning.
Hours after the Minnesota Senate passed its higher education bill Tuesday afternoon -- which Democrats called the deepest higher ed cuts in the history of the state -- the House pushed through its own bill, and added a twist or two that left the DFL howling.
Gov. Mark Dayton's education commissioner indicated Monday that a school funding proposal offered by House Republicans at the Capitol is unacceptable, and a likely veto target.
Republicans in the Minnesota House have outlined their K-12 finance proposal, which would dramatically alter the how the state's schools are funded, change teacher seniority rules and allow public money to be spent for low-income students to attend private schools.
The wide ranging effort suggests some programs be cut or combined, while others be strengthened. The result will most likely mean a smaller University of Minnesota in the future that focuses more attention on fewer academic offerings.
As state lawmakers struggle to right Minnesota's finances this year, they're increasingly heading back to school -- specifically, to the people that work there. A series of measures introduced in recent weeks aims to reset the state's longstanding relationship with its public school teachers, and curb teachers' labor and political power.
Minnesota schools could soon get an infusion
of new young teachers who reach the classroom without attending the
state's traditional teaching colleges, as part of an alternate
licensing proposal moving through the Legislature.
Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal reduces the funding Minnesota's public colleges were expecting to get in the next two years by $153 million.
The theater department at Bemidji State University is one of the casualties of an effort by Minnesota state colleges and universities to tighten their belts. Anticipating funding cuts as lawmakers deal with a $6.2 billion dollar state budget shortfall, many campuses have already chopped programs and positions.