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Published April 05, 2011, 10:22 PM

MN Legislature Examining K-12 Education Bills That Cut Funds

The Minnesota House and Senate are each pushing their own version of a new K-12 education bill that would cut funding across the board, including special education, travel funds and teacher salaries.

Minnesota Lawmakers are debating a K-12 education bill that would cut more funding including teacher salaries.

"It's what we are doing for kids and I think this bill is taking away money that can be used for buying books and for all those things that make our kids successful," East Grand Forks teacher Chad Grassel said.

The Minnesota House and Senate are each pushing their own version of a new K-12 education bill that would cut funding across the board, including special education, travel funds and teacher salaries.

"Some of them have their own money invested in their education and we're looking to see what they have to pay back and now, for the next two years, it's proposed that they are not going to get anything," Grassel said.

Legislators are also trying to eliminate tenure protection for teachers and put them on an evaluation-based system.

"You can always get rid of somebody who is not performing and not doing their job. I think that people fall a lot on that word tenure thinking that can't happen," Grassel said.

"Each school district tries to do certain things to serve their students the best and can we evaluate every single teacher with a cookie cutter type evaluation? I dont think so," EGF school superintendent David Pace said.

Grassel says the legislature is using education to solve its financial problems.

"I think that education is being pushed as that big piece that is going to solve our education problems in the state of minnesota and that's not going to happen."

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