DAYTON’S UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL PROPOSAL IGNORED
Gov. Mark Dayton considers the house and senate legislators’ rejection of his request for universal preschool proposal unacceptable and insulting. The house republican education bill ignored Dayton funding request which would offer preschool primarily through the state’s public elementary schools.
The senate DFI plan released would pump $ 70 million into school readiness programs but only $ 5 million for early learning scholarships. Dayton said that he was displeased by their plan, he said that the overall house budget target for education is just unacceptably low to him.
According to Dayton they were below what he will even begin to negotiate on that, he also said he doesn’t intent to start the process until they start at acceptable levels.
His budget proposal calls for a 3 percent increase in the states per- pupil funding formula over two years. The senate would increase funding by 2 percent, the house by 1.2 percent.
This debate on which proposal is better than the other is just exhausting and it is wasting people’s time. The two should come up with one agreement for the sake of the students, a parent was quoted saying.
The two teams have support from people who believe its worth. Dayton has his allies and supporters for his push for universal preschool. His allies are education officials in Minnesota, the statewide union representing 70,000 educators.
One of Dayton’s preschool proposals is that teachers be licensed in early childhood education. The teachers union launched a television ad calling for the state’s surplus to be invested in education. The ad will run for the couple of weeks.