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February 4, 2011 (SAINT PAUL) — Today Governor Mark Dayton released his seven-point plan for improving education in Minnesota, entitled “Better Schools for a Better Minnesota." House DFL education leaders applauded the governor’s proposal.
“In seeking to establish a Governor’s Commission on Better School Funding, Governor Dayton has demonstrated that he truly understands the tremendous financial challenges facing our schools,” said Rep. Mindy Greiling (DFL – Roseville), the DFL lead on the Education Finance Committee. “I am encouraged that finally we have a governor who will make use of all the endless studies on education finance that have been done and really get down to brass tacks about actually reforming and funding Minnesota's inequitable education funding system.”
“Governor Dayton is adopting a visionary posture by directly working to close the achievement gap while simultaneously driving toward greater excellence for all students,” said state Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL — St. Paul), the DFL lead on the Education Reform Committee. “These two goals have to be worked on in tandem and it’s about time we had a governor who offered a comprehensive education plan to engage all Minnesotans. His proposals on alternative teacher pathways and testing reform show mature, responsible vision that we need to improve our schools and help our children succeed.”
“Finally Minnesota has a governor who understands the value of early childhood education, and will make the necessary reforms to give all children the opportunity and education to succeed,” said Rep. Nora Slawik (DFL – Maplewood), the DFL early childhood lead on the House Health and Human Services Committee. “These initiatives, particularly those affecting our littlest learners, hold the keys to Minnesota’s future academic and economic success.”
“The governor has clearly heard the concerns of parents, students and teachers and I especially applaud his willingness to review student testing. We need to examine how and why we test students to ensure that we get more value out of testing and actually tie it to improving student learning,” added Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL — Minneapolis).