ST. PAUL -- After working all night to seal a Profile of Learning deal, the legislators who put it together could face a tougher task selling it.
Their pitch starts with their colleagues, who will vote next Wednesday on whether to adopt the negotiated fix to the graduation standards. There's sure to be grousing by anti-profile members who say it doesn't go far enough to rework a system they deem to be bureaucratic and overly complicated.
At first blush, Gov. Jesse Ventura's education commissioner worried that it might go too far.
''There are going to be some things that give him pause,'' Children, Families and Learning Commissioner Christine Jax said Wednesday. ''I'm hoping the waters won't get more muddied.''
The compromise allows districts to go forward with the project-oriented profile or opt for a new, back-to-basics system called the North Star Standard. Negotiators were headed that direction for weeks, but it took high-level talks and the threat of a session meltdown to work out the details.
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