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Education Minnesota applauds DFL leadership for making education a top priority

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 10, 2013 – Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher responded Thursday to the introduction of House File 1 and Senate File 2.

“By increasing education spending in the first bills of the 2013 session, the leadership has shown that they understand the crucial role our public schools play in shaping our future,” Dooher said. “The investments we make in our students today will pay off in a higher-wage economy tomorrow.”

House File 1
“House File 1 is an important acknowledgement of past mistakes, but we also need to start building for the future with a comprehensive set of thoughtful and lasting improvements to our school finance system,” Dooher said. “That includes increasing our investment in education pupil by pupil, bringing fairness to a system that has become too dependent on local property tax levies and making college more affordable.

“Modernizing our school finance system won’t be easy, but we need to do it so our students can one day compete in the global economy.”

Senate File 2
“Providing universal access to all-day, every day kindergarten would be among the most significant steps Minnesota has ever taken to reduce the academic achievement gap,” Dooher said. “It’s a proven approach that educators can support as it moves through the Legislature.”

About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota represents 70,000 professionals working together for excellence in education for all students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and educational support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EducationMN.

Education Minnesota is an affiliate of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.

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