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Published March 31, 2011, 02:47 PM

K-12 Bill Clears MN Senate; House Debates Safety Bill

The Minnesota Senate has passed a public school funding bill that backers say aims at the state's racial achievement gap by eliminating racial integration aid to several large districts in favor of financial incentives for districts that improve student literacy.

By: Martiga Lohn, Patrick Condon , Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has passed a public school funding bill that backers say aims at the state's racial achievement gap by eliminating racial integration aid to several large districts in favor of financial incentives for districts that improve student literacy.

The Senate K-12 finance bill passed Thursday on a vote of 36-25 with most Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. Gov. Mark Dayton's education commissioner says the Democratic governor doesn't support the bill because targets cuts disproportionately on school districts that serve poor and minority students.

The bill scraps integration aid in favor of "literacy incentive aid" that would reward schools for improving reading proficiency. Backers say it's a new way to tackle Minnesota's racial achievement gap but critics say it's an untested approach.

The House is debating a public safety budget bill.

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