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News from Representative Gruenhagen 04-12-2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dear Friends,

This week in the Education Finance committee, we had the chance to examine details of the Democrats bill that sets funding levels for the 2014-2015 biennium.

In the proposal, Democrats propose a $209 per-pupil funding increase which will cost over $300 million dollars. They also want $150 million dollars to partially fund all-day kindergarten for students statewide. School districts that provide all-day kindergarten would only receive some of the funding needed, adding forcing schools to either shift costs away from other parts of their budget or increase class sizes.

I believe we need to leave it up to school districts as to whether or not they should provide all-day kindergarten. What works for a school in Minneapolis may not work for a school in a rural district like ours. These unfunded mandates have consequences that could have unintended detrimental effects.

One proposal in the bill that has received bipartisan praise is the funding for early-learning childhood scholarships which allow low-income parents flexibility in making education choices about what school is best for their children. This program was piloted by Republicans in 2011, and a step in the right direction for school-choice advocates. I'm pleased to see the Democrats following our lead on such an important issue.

Town Hall Meeting

I will be hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow with fellow District 18 legislators Sen. Scott Newman and Rep. Dean Urdahl tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th at the Hutch Cafe in Hutchinson. I hope you will consider attending.

Details:

DATE:
Saturday, April 13th

TIME:
9AM

LOCATION
Hutch Cafe
122 Main Street South
Hutchinson, MN

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

 

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