K-12 funding bill clears the House in the early hours


Early Sunday morning, the House passed the $15.6 billion K-12 omnibus funding bill. The action came around 2 a.m., long after the Senate had adjourned, according to Politics in Minnesota, which reports that the bill would top the agenda when the Senate floor session convenes at 1:00 this afternoon.The legislation includes optional all-day kindergarten and additional investments in early childhood education. Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, who authored the bill, said it would improve literacy rates and take steps to close the racial achievement gap.

The conference committee report, which was agreed to late Friday afternoon, represents a compromise between the House and Senate on a variety of positions. The bill will increase the basic funding formula to schools by $234 million, or 3 percent, which Marquart said would break down to more than $300 in new spending per student.

As agreed upon in the conference committee, the $800-plus million worth of outstanding school shift debt would be paid down through the accumulated budget surplus. Rep. Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine, faulted the DFL for going back on a pledge to pay back the school shift. Rep. Marquart said using the surplus to pay down the shift was sufficient, saying that the state had nearly $300 million in surplus revenue over the previous three months.

The bill passed by a margin of 78-56, with five Republicans joining the DFL.

Next Up

sprinkler water

Lake Elmo among latest MN cities to implement outdoor watering ban

The ban prohibits automatic or mechanical watering outdoors in an effort to conserve water during the period of extreme heat.

LRT trail in Hopkins.

Police: Suspect assaulted woman on LRT trail in Hopkins

They're asking for the public's help tracking him down.

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 7.50.02 AM

Former WCCO reporter Mary McGuire joins FOX 9

She'll be reporting in a freelance role with the FOX affiliate.

Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker removed from rotation, fits in with Twins bullpen

The right-hander allowed two ninth-inning runs in a 6-4 loss to Houston.

1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 2019

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside funeral in Minneapolis

The funeral was for one of two people killed in the shooting outside a Minneapolis nightclub in May.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 1.51.13 PM

Darnella Frazier awarded Pulitzer Prize special citation for George Floyd video

She was just 17 when she filmed George Floyd's murder at 38th and Chicago.

MN Food Truck Festival 3 jpg

MN Food Truck Festival returns with events in St. Paul, Anoka

Organizers promise 50-plus food trucks at each festival - including some newcomers.


House, Senate Republicans reach deal to pay back K-12 schools

Republican lawmakers have agreed to use $430 million in the state's budget reserves to catch up on delayed payments to Minnesota schools. Gov. Dayton has voiced some worries that tapping the budget reserves could leave the state with cash flow problems.