Skip to main content

Minn. House approves ed. budget that pays for statewide all-day kindergarten

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Minnesota House on Tuesday night approved a $15.7 billion K-12 education funding bill that includes money to pay for free all-day kindergarten for all schools in the state.

As it stands, about 75 percent of students have access to all-day kindergarten, but about 10,000 families must pay for it, Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, the chair of the House Education Finance Committee, said. Marquart said the bill would save those families $26 million, the Star Tribune reported.

The K-12 budget bill also makes early-childhood education programs more affordable, and puts $315 million more into basic education in K-12 classrooms, House leaders said.

House advocates of the measure said it aims at the lofty goals of eliminating minority student achievement gaps, achieving 100 percent graduation rates, and creating the "world's greatest workforce" by the time today's tots graduate in 2027, the Star Tribune reports.

On an 83-50 vote, lawmakers approved the measure, which overall increases K-12 spending by $550 million over the next two years.

The House K-12 budget is about $60 million higher than what the DFL-led Senate proposed, and nearly $200 million more than what DFL Gov. Mark Dayton proposed, the Pioneer Press notes. The Senate is expected to vote on its plan this week.

In in related development, Marquart noted that the House Tax Bill, set for a Wednesday vote, will pay back $850 million owed to schools from previous budget deals, MPR reported. That payback relies on a temporary income tax surcharge on top earners, MPR reported.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Lost 1-year-old reunited with parents in Brooklyn Park

The girl was found by a concerned citizen around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Screen Shot 2020-12-27 at 8.33.49 AM

For 2nd time, Minnesota farm devastated by deadly fire

Around 1,000 goats and a litter of puppies were killed when a barn caught fire on Friday.

ambulance

Fleeing suspect crashes, killing innocent driver in Brooklyn Park

The suspect fled police in Osseo and was going south on County Road 81.

1497 S Ferry St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - August 2021

Body found tangled with debris in the Mississippi River

The individual's name has not yet been released.

Northtown Mall Carnival

Around 100 kids run from carnival fight into Northtown Mall

Police say a large fight was happening on the ferris wheel before kids fled into the mall.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.29.03 AM

Former state senator Scott Jensen endorsed by GOP for governor

Jensen beat to multiple other hopefuls for the endorsement at Saturday's convention.

storm

NWS already monitoring Thursday for severe weather in MN

Monday-Wednesday should be fantastic weather in Minnesota.

MissingMankatoWomanSideBySide

Body of missing Mankato woman believed to have been found

A canoer found the body in a swamp near Eagle Lake Friday.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.

FSmb9kkWAB0UBqk

Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.

Juan Ramos, standing outside of his Taco Chon Mexican Grill, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit

The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.

Related