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Education Funding Sends Minn. Into Special Session

By Andrew Ujifusa — June 02, 2015 1 min read

The Minnesota legislature is heading to a special session over education funding, after Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a spending bill that he said was inadequate. Mr. Dayton rejected a last-minute budget compromise proposed by lawmakers that represented a $25 million difference between what the governor and the legislature desired.

Minnesota becomes the second state this year, after Washington, to require a special session to reach a deal on how to spend money on public schools.

The budget Gov. Dayton ultimately vetoed would have added $400 million for public schools. He said that amount was $171 million shy of what he wanted earmarked to create more slots for half-day preschool statewide.

A version of this article appeared in the June 03, 2015 edition of Education Week as Education Funding Sends Minn. Into Special Session

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