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.
Hundreds of teenagers marched to the state Capitol Tuesday morning to show support for what's known as the Minnesota Dream Act. Despite the show of enthusiasm, the legislation has little chance of passing this year.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty addressed the Minnesota School Boards Association on
Thursday morning. He didn't offer the group much in the way of new
initiatives or pledges of per-student funding increases.
The $13.8 billion education bill passed by the Legislature would boost spending on special education by about $330 million, the largest-ever increase for special ed funding. School districts with large numbers of special education students are the biggest winners.
The bill would boost education spending by nearly $800 million. But it falls short of the hopes for education this session, and it doesn't include all of the governor's key education goals.