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Hastings,Minnesota 55033
Hastings Star Gazette
K-12 education proposals
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

Here are highlights of the current K-12 education budget proposals of Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the DFL-controlled Legislature.

Pawlenty plan


-- $721 million total new spending in two-year budget period

-- 2 percent annual increases to the basic state aid formula and additional 2 percent annual hikes for schools meeting higher standards

-- Expansion of the alternative teacher compensation program known as Q Comp

-- $75 million for high schools that implement more rigorous academic standards

-- $40 million in property tax relief

House plan

-- $919 million total new spending

-- 3 percent annual increases to the state aid formula

-- $95 million for voluntary all-day, everyday kindergarten

-- $106 million increase in special education

-- $125 million in property tax relief

Senate plan

-- $491 million total new spending, mostly for special education

-- No increase to the per-student formula

-- $110 million in property tax relief

-- Uses unspent Q Comp funds for other programs

-- Caps the number of charter schools in Minnesota at 150