Governor Dayton Signs $15.7 Billion Education Funding Bill

By KBJR News 1

Governor Dayton Signs $15.7 Billion Education Funding Bill

May 22, 2013 Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 7:38 PM CDT

St. Paul (NNCNOW.com) - Governor Mark Dayton was joined by legislative leaders in St. Paul this morning as he signed the K-12 Omnibus budget bill, increasing funding for Minnesota schools to the tune of about $485 million.

The bill provides for all day kindergarten, adds to per-pupil funding, and reforms testing standards by reducing the emphasis on graduation exams for high school students.

“This year, the DFL legislature has made the investments necessary to give our kids the quality education they deserve—and the quality education our future depends on. All-day Kindergarten should have happened years ago; we’re catching up and we’re moving ahead. This is money well spent, and I think Minnesotans will know that and believe it,” said Governor Dayton.

The education bill also invests $40 million in special education reform, and includes a component to accelerate repayment of the money that the state borrowed from the school system in previous bienniums.

The Governor and legislative leaders are making a stop in Duluth, and other cities around the state today to tout the passage of the budget bill.