Legislative leaders met Tuesday with Gov. Tim Pawlenty at his request to renew Minnesota's push for federal Race to the Top education funding.
Key lawmakers hope to meet early next week with state education leaders to work on a menu of school reforms that would allow the state to make a second, more attractive application in a bid to secure up to $175 million in education funds.
Minnesota learned last month that its first application failed to grab a share of $4.35 billion in federal education money. Among Minnesota's failures cited by federal authorities were the lack of a plan to develop quality educators and the lack of support for the proposal from teachers' unions.
Lawmakers hope to approve a set of state reforms by May 1 so the state can complete its application by early June.
Rep. Mindy Greiling, a Roseville DFLer and chairwoman of the House K-12 Finance Division, said she hoped to "pull a rabbit out of the hat" by easing disagreements between the governor and teachers' unions to improve education and strengthen the state's application.
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