Education groups, including the influential teachers' union, are seeking additional funding for K-12 education from the Minnesota Legislature.
Education Minnesota, representing 70,000 educators, joined the Minnesota School Boards Association and the Minnesota Association of School administrators in proposing more than $1 billion in additional funding for the next budget period.
Their agenda includes $660 million increase in per-pupil spending, $350 million for free all-day kindergarten for all students and additional funding for professional development and evaluation for teachers. The cost of development and evaluation range from $160 to $300 million over the biennium, the groups said in a statement.
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."