Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington says his bill
gives students a $2,500 scholarship for graduating a semester early.
From the state's funding formula to tuck pointing a gymnasium, lawmakers have introduced a host of bills related to education.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty specifically focused on tuition at insitutions of higher education in part of his State of the State speech yesterday, proposing a firm cap on tuition increases. University officials are concerned about that idea.
Higher education officials told lawmakers at the State Capitol today that big budget cuts this session would be devastating to Minnesota's colleges and universities.
Minnesota leaders are looking for savings
in paper, computer software, food service and other goods and services used by schools.
The size of the Minnesota budget deficit means even schools might not be 'off-limits' to cuts.
Minnesota lawmakers say the state's poor financial health will make their work especially challenging over the coming months.
As lawmakers return to the Capitol next week to face a massive budget deficit, two new reports make the case for more education funding.
The yearly school report cards will now include more information on math and reading proficiency.
Schools aren't waiting for possible cuts from the state to slash their own budgets.
Two open houses this week will allow the public to hear about a recently-finished facilities study.
The county recently came up with a way to address school drop outs, but that new effort faces the same budget cuts as the rest.
Funding for schools is sure to be a hot topic at the state Capitol next year, and groups calling for more money are gearing up for the fight.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty traveled the state today to discuss education initiatives he'd like to see pass during next year's legislative session. Some of the ideas might sound familiar because Pawlenty has pursued them before.
University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks unveiled his budget proposal today, which will ask lawmakers for nearly $150 million in new money. It also calls for a 4.5 percent increase in tuition.