Gov. Mark Dayton explains in his veto letter a main reason behind his decision to take a $1.5 million appropriation of Teach for America out of the higher-education omnibus bill:
“No competitive grant program was established, no other applications were solicited, and no objective review was made by an independent panel of experts.”
Some advocates for education reform pushed for the appropriation — proposed by Senate higher-education committee Chairwoman Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) — but unionized teachers were against the bill.
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.