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BRIEFS: Senate committee OKs school pay freeze

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota schools would be forced to freeze pay for two years under a bill that on Tuesday passed its first hurdle.

The Senate Education Committee approved 9-7 the bill that also would eliminate the current requirement that 2 percent of a school's budget be spent on staff development, as well as suspend a requirement that employees such as counselors and nurses be retained.

The bill faces at least one more committee hearing before it reaches a full Senate vote.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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