Dayton Signs Education Package 23 May 13

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has signed an education package that boosts spending on schools and scales back high-stakes testing. Dayton and Democratic legislators celebrated the $15.7-billion bill Wednesday, which is about $485-million more than the state spends now. A centerpiece is a state commitment to pay for all-day kindergarten programs, eliminating the practice of fee-based programs by the 2014-2015 school year. The new law also adds to the per-pupil formula that determines the amount of state aid schools get, and reduces the emphasis on graduation exams for high school students, giving them more options to prove their aptitude.