For Immediate Release
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May 30, 2017
Statement from Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
Roseville, MN - Today Governor Dayton signed HF2, a bill funding E-12 education over the next two years, into law. Read Governor Dayton’s letter to legislative leaders.
Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius released the following statement regarding HF2:
"There are positive and important provisions in the E-12 Education bill thanks to Governor Dayton's steadfast leadership. The bill increases funding for every school district by 2 percent in each of the next two years, meaning more funding on the bottom line for Minnesota schools to help them with the rising costs of educating students. It also funds additional high-quality early learning opportunities for children.
"Fortunately, Governor Dayton fended off some of the most troublesome parts of the original bills passed by the Legislature and in doing so, strengthened the bill he signed today. Unfortunately, some troubling issues remain. Without further action, this bill lessens the professional licensing requirements of teachers and threatens our ability to have a highly-trained professional in every classroom. It fails to address the growing unfunded cost to educate students with special needs, and it makes funding to our American Indian kids temporary, preventing long-term efforts to address historic disinvestments in our Native kids and their education.
"With a $1.6 billion budget surplus, we could’ve gone big for kids, but the Republican-led Legislature had different priorities. This bill keeps the lights on, but falls short of the kind of investment every Minnesota child deserves. I thank Governor Dayton for his commitment to public education in Minnesota. We must keep standing up for Minnesota students so they have the resources they need to succeed in school and in life."