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Legislative changes don't solve local budget challenges

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The legislative session has come to an end, and while there is much work yet to do to sort out the complexities of the new education bill, the bottom line is some good news for Stillwater Area Public Schools. For the first time in many years, the state made broad investments in education by providing early childhood scholarships, funding all-day kindergarten, providing a small increase in the funding formula, and beginning to address some of its unfunded mandates.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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