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ST. PAUL – A bill that furthers last session’s historic investment in our local schools has been approved in the Minnesota House.
“There’s little doubt that Greater Minnesota schools will benefit from this legislation,” said State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont). “We’ve followed up our $525 million in new funding for K-12 Education last year with another $56 million this year.”
Gunther said the comprehensive education proposal approved by the House will help reduce the funding disparity between rural and Metro Area schools and address the teacher shortage. It also provides $7 million in rural education broadband programs to boost access for students and teachers; $1 million for career and industrial certification incentives; and $900,000 for mobile career and technology education labs, a move Gunther said will bring resources directly to rural students.
“This is a proposal that prioritizes our teachers and their students, and I’m pleased that it received significant bipartisan support,” Gunther said.
The education legislation now heads to the Minnesota Senate for further debate.
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