House passes education bill

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Apr 24, 2013 at 6:24 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota House has passed its education finance bill that funds all-day kindergarten statewide.

The House education budget also provides more early-learning scholarships for 3- and 4-year-olds and adds $209 per student to the state's basic funding formula.

House Democrats also plan to pay off $850 million in IOUs to the schools that the state used to balance previous budget deficits.

Many Republicans joined Democrats in approving the budget, which passed Tuesday on an 83-50 vote.

Republicans say school districts should be able to choose how they spend money dedicated to all-day kindergarten. Districts that opt out of all-day kindergarten won't get the funding.

The Senate will take up its education budget later this week. Senate Democrats' plan also fully funds all-day kindergarten.

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