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Senators question duplicate reports

Some senators were not happy Tuesday when they learned the state Education Department paid $181,000 for a report on Q Comp that was released the night before the legislative auditor released what they considered a similar report.

"It does feel duplicative," Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, told Education Commissioner Alice Seagren. "I'm just concerned about a couple hundred thousand dollars in this situation."

Seagren told Clark the study was funded by federal, not state, money. In an interview, the commission said the study looks at different things than the legislative auditor.

"I feel it was a valuable use of money," she said.

Q Comp changes the way teachers are paid from a system based on how long they have been employed to one based on their performance.