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Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington ponders an email Tuesday. With him are Reps. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove, left, and Denny McNamara of Hastings. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

House education bill faces Dayton opposition


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota representatives voted early today to make dramatic education changes after a six-hour debate.

The governor does not like many of the bill's provisions.

The House passed the Republican-proposed changes 68-59 in a bill that replaces teacher tenure with basing pay on an evaluation that includes student performance. Teachers traditionally are paid based on their years of service, something Republicans who control the House and Senate strongly oppose.

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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.