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.
House and Senate negotiators will soon begin working out the differences between two alternative teacher licensure bills.
Saving up for that metaphorical "rainy day" is part of many a sound budget strategy - and it's one that state colleges and universities have been following for years. Between them, the University of Minnesota and the MnSCU system have about $180 million in reserves.
But the governor would not reveal just how much that increase will be, or whether it will go beyond paying back loans the state borrowed from schools last year to balance the state's budget.
The Minnesota Senate has passed legislation to establish alternative pathways into the teaching profession.
A Minnesota Senate committee has given its approval to a two-year freeze on public school salaries throughout the state.
Bemidji State University and its partner Northwest Technical College released a budget plan Thursday that cuts four programs, reduces the size of 18 others and eliminates about 50 jobs, to address a $5 million deficit.
Minnesota's statewide teachers union has unveiled a legislative proposal aimed at narrowing the racial achievement gap in public schools, partly by compromising on allowing alternative licensing for teachers.
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to lobby the U.S.
education secretary about getting Minnesota into a competitive
federal grant program the state previously missed out on.
Leaders of the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts are wondering how they'll fare with Republicans set to control the Legislature next year.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will hold a public forum on Monday to discuss a proposed budget that increases student tuition, cuts staff and reduces class offerings. The regents got their first look at the budget late last week.
The budget deal the Legislature passed Monday relies heavily on delayed payments to schools to balance the state's books. But aside from that payment shift, lawmakers adjourned without passing any other significant education-related legislation.
A key part of the budget bill the governor vetoed today contains what is called a "shift" in state payments to school districts.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty has boiled down his proposals for education reform into seven initiatives, most dealing with the way teachers are evaluated and paid. He's proposed the same ideas before, and none have been adopted by the Legislature.
Some complaints about Minnesota's Race to the Top application, found in the comments federal officials made, call into question the quality of the application itself.