The legislative candidates in the West Metro don’t like Pawlenty’s 70 percent goal

MPR’s Laura McCallum moderated a forum for legislative candidates in three districts in the western suburbs last night. DFL Senator Terri Bonoff and Republican Judy Johnson in district 43, Republican Bill Cullen and DFL Representative Maria Ruud in 42A and DFLer John Benson and Republican Dave Johnson in 43B talked about education issues. Not surprisingly, all of them say education is their top priority. But perhaps more surprising, McCallum says, is no one supports Gov. Pawlenty’s push for a requirement that schools spend 70 percent of education funding in the classroom. They thought it was a bad idea, and an unnecessary mandate from the state. We’ll put audio of the forum on the Web shortly.

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