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<U>20/20 A Clear Vision for Minnesota Education</U>

Friday, April 08, 2005
First-Term DFL Legislators Have Introduced Legislation To Support Education
Adequacy
  • Index K-12 funding to a percentage of personal income -- HF1431
  • Increase per pupil funding -- HF1183
  • Rewards for persons providing information to prevent school violence -- HF834
Equity
  • Remedy disparities between property-rich and property-poor districts -- HF2310
  • LEP cap -- HF1429
  • Special Education -- HF1432
  • Transportation aid for kindergarten -- HF1687
  • Hazardous transportation levy permitted -- HF1434, 1435
Quality
  • Technology Bond authority -- HF1430
  • Sliding scale all-day kindergarten made available
  • Gifted and Talented Program Funding -- HF594
  • Early Childhood funding restored -- HF152
Minnesota 20/20 Minnesota has always valued adequately and equitably funding our children’s education. We must recommit to a clear vision that strengthens and builds for the future. And so, we propose a change in the Minnesota Constitution:
Article XIII Section 1. The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it is the duty of the legislature to establish a high quality and uniform system of public schools. The legislature shall make such provisions to provide equitable and adequate funding, by taxation or otherwise as will secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state.