Are you pleased with the compromise between Gov. Dayton and House GOPers?

“When Gov. Dayton and House Republican leaders agreed to spend $525 million more on schools over the next two years, it brought to an end the governor’s push for universal pre-kindergarten,” writes MPR News reporter Catharine Richert.

But the deal, which likely will help the state avoid a partial government shutdown on July 1, will deliver more money to Minnesota school districts that already offer free pre-K.

Today’s Question: Are you pleased with the compromise between Gov. Dayton and House GOPers?

  • lindblomeagles

    Yes and no. Obviously, with Minnesota’s achievement gap so large, extra money spent on the schools was a logical step. That said, the boost to K-12 spending will mean more money spread out to ALL MINNESOTA SCHOOLS, which would still benefit those students who are already atop the achievement scale. Moreover, if science knows early childhood is the best remedy to improving academic success, this deal still leaves some of Minnesota’s at-risk students out of preschool. The clear winners here are private childcare centers, which again, still helps the wealthier Minnesotans whose children are more likely to be succeeding academically anyway than those who cannot afford childcare. To put it all in a neat little bow, this was a step toward progress, but still likely dooms another generation of students of color.

    • Gary F

      They should have used that money for education vouchers for the most needy.

      • lindblomeagles

        The only thing that stops me from supporting vouchers is there again, only the parents and children that are on the ball benefit from vouchers. In fact, charter schools actually work a lot like vouchers, giving parents that really want to see their children succeed smaller class sizes, greater focus on -ism classes, and less rowdy behavior from the children whose parents are not on the ball. In fact, ALL children, even the rowdy ones, would benefit from class sizes of approximately 10 – 15 students.

  • Charlie Oakes

    No. Group homes, personal care attendents, and day time work staff for adults with disabilities received nothing in both years. One increase in the last 13 years for people providing personal care to human beings.

  • Dave M

    Kurt Doubt and the other goopers know they can’t give in to universal Pre-K no matter how much they know it works and it’s needed. Giving in is tantamount to turning over and dying. You can’t let important things like education steamroll your conservative whack-a-doodle credibility. You don’t want to look like pinkos in front of the rest of America’s regressives.

  • James

    Just like I said last week. They resolved this and they overspent.
    Conspicuously absent from this discussion is Minnesota’s ridiculously short school year and the huge amount of knowledge lost by both privileged and underprivileged students over their 12 long weeks of playing video games and watching TV.
    Of course, transitioning to a 6- or 8-week summer vacation is a non-starter for teachers and therefore and non-starter for the DFL.

  • PaulJ

    Good to compromise, but our schools don’t perform their primary function of creating savvy voters (see corrupting influence of campaign advertisement spending) so I wonder if that’s why the beneficiaries of such voters gave the schools the .5 billion kickback.

  • Beartown Jack

    Compromise is a good thing. Seems fair to me.

  • MNDoc

    Most are so unaware of the nonsense and pooor education that goes on in over half of our charter schools. Go research the Gulen charter schools, run by an exile from Turkey spreading radical Islam, sending portions of teacher’s salry back to Turkey to radicals. Take a look at the MN Woodsin Institute for Excellence ( an oxymoron ) since this inner city charter is run by under educated radicals from Chicago where every morning all students and staff are required at the assembly to chant the made up Black Panther based Liberation chants of the made up African Pledge of Allegiance while they reluctantly do the USA Pledge once a week_ however, while there as a teacher, our country Pledge of Allegiance was never conducted> Their student success rate is dismal, less than 25% can make the minimum state standards and this has been the rule since they opened up. Now go look at the wasted dollars to the Partnership Academy charter school_ 4 years ago it was 98% black. In two years it became 98% hispanic, Today, they have 64% from illegals from Mexico where parents have said they refuse to speak English at home Thus, their kids suffer even more to achieve. That same school’s admin spends thousands of tax payers dollars with propaganda workshops that are blaming it all on so called “white privilege” and “the white racist systems” as the root cause of their hispanic kids’ achievement gap! I saw it, I still have their paper copies where they state this anti-white and yet, 88% of their teachers are WHITE! They forget their students are all on free or reduced breakfast and lunch, they forget the parents ( 85%) receive subsidized housing and food stamps..yet, they are so discriminated against??? Sick radical schools that our own MN dept of ed. refuses to stop. And Dayton wants more $ spread to all schools where there is little accountability. Why don’t they ask why does St Paul schools need $20,000 per student while top achieving classical education schools as Eagle Ridge Academy in Eden Prairie exists on half of that per student?

  • Retired teacher

    Sadly to say, MN Doc is telling the truth on the waste and radicalism at some of these charters schools. The former TIZA schools ran wild as our own Minnesota department of education failed to stop the abuse and illegal funding to the Islamic schools of Tarek Ibid zayad. I wish NPR would do an expose on such things.

  • whitedoggie44

    The left always define education success by funding levels rather than actual student learning.

  • Pearly

    Do you think I could get one of those vouchers for the “Gaia democrat school”


    No one knows the half of it….there are Assistant teachers out there that are only allowed to work 20 hours a week. There are Lead Teachers that are being layer off. There are even Lead Teachers who are left alone with children in a classroom. These are issues as a tax payer that need to be looked and and corrected. So yes Tax dollars need to go to the schools and the schools need to correct these problems right away in order to move forward. These are good Human Beings that want to make a difference in a child’s life. So thanks Minnesota…. Right now it is sad how Minnesota does not care about education. I am glad that there is not going to be a Government shut down right now. Right now there it is once to know that Minnesota actually has a Governor who cares un like the Republicans.