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Posted: 2011-05-17 00:00:00
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K-12 STUDENTS NOT AMONG GOP PRIORITIES


ST. PAUL — Tonight, the Minnesota House of Representatives was set to vote on the conference committee report of the Omnibus K-12 Education Finance Bill. The bill cuts overall education funding by $44 million, caps special education funding, institutes a voucher program for Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth, and eliminates integration aid for the core cities, reconstituting it as innovation aid.

State Representative Carlos Mariani (DFL – St. Paul), DFL lead on the Education Reform Committee, released the following statement:

“Budgets are about choices and priorities. In education, the GOP chose to cut funding to our students and our schools by $44 million instead of asking our wealthy neighbors to pay a few more dollars in taxes. Governor Dayton’s education budget makes some tough cuts, but he prioritizes our kids and our schools.

“Our students, teachers, and parents need strong reforms and support, but this bill avoids the hard work of supporting thoughtful policy that is based on what we know is needed, and what we know works.

“A budget deficit is not a reason to weaken our states advantage of having well educated young people — it only makes our future ability to prosper impossible. I support Governor Dayton’s approach because it wisely keeps our education system strong while making responsible cuts."

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