ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Senate has approved bill that would send an extra $365 million to schools.
The DFL-controlled Senate’s plan is closer to the Republican-led House than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor has dismissed the House and Senate plans for not directing more of Minnesota’s projected $1.9 billion surplus to education.
All three groups want to bolster early learning opportunities to address racial and economic achievement gaps. The disagreement is over how much to spend and how to do it.
Dayton wants to spend hundreds of millions to offer free preschool statewide. The House and Senate would spend far less and target existing early education programs.