MN House set to vote on education bill - KMSP-TV

MN House set to vote on education bill

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

House Democrats say education is a major funding priority this season, and all-day kindergarten sits at the top of the list.

House's education bill could see a full vote Tuesday afternoon. The bill would increase funding for schools by $550 million more than last year's state budget, and would also focus on early learning scholarships and $850 million in paybacks to schools used to balance previous budgets.

A Star Tribune poll in March showed 56 percent support for an all-day kindergarten program funded by the state, with 29 percent opposed and 15 percent undecided. It has been a hotly contested issue at the Capitol for years, and right now, if you want your child in all-day kindergarten, it must come out of your own pocket. Currently, about 44 percent of Minnesota's school children are enrolled in an all-day, every-day kindergarten program.

House Majority Leader Erin Murphy told FOX 9 News that all-day kindergarten is not receiving state funding at this time due to budget balancing issues. Funding for these programs would take a proposed $100 million of the education package.

The Senate's version of the education bill doesn't come to a vote until later this week. It adds fewer funds to the equation and doesn't pay back loans to schools.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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