Walz, legislative leaders agree to $525 million in new education spending

BY: - May 17, 2021

Legislative leaders agreed to $525 million in new education spending over the next two years as part of the “numbers only” budget deal announced Monday. The global budget agreement struck by Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka sets the framework for lawmakers to develop a detailed education budget […]

Minnesota researchers craft proposal to improve child care access

BY: - May 13, 2021

Two University of Minnesota researchers say they’ve developed a plan to ensure all families have access to high-quality child care, regardless of income or employment. The proposal from economists Elizabeth Davis and Aaron Sojourner, published Wednesday, calls for permanently expanding existing early childhood education programs, capping families’ spending based on income and creating a uniform […]

Senate GOP, school choice advocates push new voucher-style program in Minnesota

BY: - May 5, 2021

Republicans want to put Minnesota on the front lines of school choice innovation again with a new program that would give families state money to pay for private school tuition, textbooks and school supplies. These “education savings accounts” have been championed by conservatives nationwide as the new frontier in school choice and sparked the interest […]

Walz calls on Minnesota Senate to pass summer learning package

BY: - May 4, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz called on the state Senate on Tuesday to pass his $150 million summer learning package, which the House passed in March. The package includes state and federal funding for summer school and other measures aimed at mitigating students’ learning losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The GOP-led Senate has balked at the […]

Education Secretary Cardona talks trust, testing and police in schools at journalism conference

BY: - May 4, 2021

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona spoke with reporters Monday about the effects of the pandemic on education and how to help students recover from the tumultuous year. Cardona, who stepped into his role two months ago, participated in a discussion during the annual conference of the Education Writers Association, a national organization for education journalists. Cardona […]

Survey: 40% of families of middle, high school students say not much learning this year

BY: - April 28, 2021

Minnesota teachers, families and students identified mental health and learning as top challenges this school year in a new statewide survey. Overall, teachers were more optimistic than families about how much students learned during the past year of disrupted school.  The survey asked teachers, administrators, students and family members about the challenges and successes of […]

Senate holds hearing about youth sports guidance during the pandemic

BY: - April 26, 2021

Minnesota Senate Republicans convened a hearing Monday to discuss state guidance on youth sports, after COVID-19 exposures resulted in missed games for some teams this spring. Parents and athletes told the Senate Education Committee that the chain of command for COVID-19 regulations in sports has been unclear, causing confusion. Regulation of youth sports has been […]

What is — and isn’t — in the House and Senate’s $21 billion education budget bills

BY: - April 26, 2021

The Minnesota House and Senate both passed education budget bills last week after hours of heated debate over funding and policy priorities. The schools budget is a crucial package not only because of its size — it represents roughly 40% of the two-year, $52 billion state budget — but also because of its role in […]

Minnesota to receive $8 million in federal aid for homeless students

BY: - April 23, 2021

Minnesota will receive more than $8.6 million in federal relief funds for students experiencing homelessness, the White House announced Friday. The American Rescue Plan directs $800 million to schools to identify and provide services to homeless students. States will receive a portion of the funding this month and the remainder in June. “As districts and […]

Minnesota Senate passes education budget bill

BY: - April 22, 2021

The GOP-led Minnesota Senate passed its education finance bill 37-29 Thursday, after hours of heated debate. The DFL-majority House passed their own education bill Monday. The two chambers will have to hash out a compromise on the schools budget. School spending accounts for roughly 40% of the two-year, $52 billion budget lawmakers must finish before […]

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Report: Minnesota missing benchmarks for quality early childhood education

BY: - April 21, 2021

A new report on preschool quality and accessibility gave Minnesota middling rankings compared to other states. Preschool enrollment and spending were declining in Minnesota and across the country before the pandemic, and COVID-19 made the situation worse, according to the report from the Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. Minnesota met about five […]

Minnesota House passes sweeping education budget proposal

BY: - April 19, 2021

The DFL-majority Minnesota House passed its education budget bill Monday 73-60, following hours of contentious debate over the 260-page measure.  The GOP-controlled Senate is expected to take up their own education bill in the Finance Committee Tuesday.* The two chambers will have to hash out a compromise on the schools budget. School spending accounts for […]