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.
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The two biggest state government unions reached tentative contract agreements with the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton, giving raises to more than 30,000 state workers of 2.5 percent in July 2015 and another 2.5 percent in 2016.