Education funding comes up today in the Minnesota Senate. The DFL-backed bill would cut K-12 funding by more than 3 percent. The state's teachers union, Education Minnesota, is opposed to that move.
The Senate education committee unveiled a bill Wednesday that would reduce school spending by $972 million. But that number would be cut in half when federal stimulus money is factored in.
K-12 education funding is 40 percent of the state budget. Gov. Pawlenty and House and Senate lawmakers are considering different education funding proposals in the face of a $4.6 billion deficit.
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.