Senate Passes Education Funding Bill 26 Apr 13

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate passed a nearly $16-billion K-12 education funding bill Thursday night over Republicans’ objections that it relaxes student testing standards and postpones a new teacher evaluation program. Lino Lakes Republican Roger Chamberlain called it “snake oil” — a lot of money and not delivering on promises. Maplewood Democrat Chuck Wiger responds the state will measure student progress early-on, rather than “all or none” high-stakes tests. Wiger says students will be able to “let their dream be where their career takes them” instead of getting “all stressed-out about a high-stakes test.” Wiger also highlights additional money for pre-kindergarten programs… plus full state funding for all-day every-day kindergarten in every Minnesota school district. Republican leaders are calling it the “Worst Education Bill Ever.”