Dayton seeks $52 more in aid per student | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Dayton seeks $52 more in aid per student

Posted: January 22, 2013 - 12:23pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton wants the state to add an extra $52 per public school student to the bedrock formula that determines how much districts get.

That jump is part of a more than $600 million increase in education spending that Dayton is seeking for the state's next two-year budget, which he outlined Tuesday morning.

Dayton is also pushing for more money for all-day kindergarten programs, early education scholarships and for the state's public universities and colleges.

The governor says his education investments are necessary to improve Minnesota and its economy. His plan for more education spending accounts for almost two-thirds of his proposed state spending increases.

Dayton has made funding K-12 education a top priority for his first term. He's pledged to increase funding every year in office.

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