In a sign that the Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the Legislature can get along, Gov. Mark Dayton Monday announced that he had reached an agreement on alternative teacher licensure.
"The definition of compromise is a final solution in which neither party gets everything it wants," Dayton wrote in a letter to the House and Senate education committee chairs. "It is vitally important that we continue to work together so that we continue to move forward with the important work ahead of us."
Both Republicans and Dayton saw the ability to reach agreement on the teaching program, which would allow non-traditional teachers into classrooms, as an important sign that bipartisan agreement was possible. When Democrats controlled the Legislature and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed the idea of alternative licenses they could not find accord.
Although this year's politicians were able to agree on the controversial policy piece, there are few signs of agreement on the state's looming deficit.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."