Bill upping spending on Minn. schools almost law

10:13 PM, May 18, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota schools are in line for a bunch of new money from the state.

The Legislature was ready Saturday to sign off on a massive education finance bill that puts $485 million more into programs from early childhood through high school graduation.

Every school district would get at least $78 more per student next year and $80 on top of that the following year. That chews up about $235 million of the new spending.

The other major change would have the state pick up the full cost of all-day kindergarten. Districts that offer it would no longer charge parents an extra fee for extra hours beyond their half-day programs.

The education bill consumes a big chunk of the new money from tax increases sought by the Democratic-led Legislature.

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