Christopher Magan, St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- There’s a month left to the legislative session and most education spending and policy plans are unresolved, leaving parents and teachers wondering where lawmakers will compromise. At $16 billion every two years, public schools are the largest piece of Minnesota’s general fund spending. Add an additional $2.8 billion of support to state colleges and universities, and education makes up nearly half of the state’s two-year budget.
ST. PAUL -- After considering 15 amendments and more than five hours of debate Thursday, state senators approved a bill to strengthen bullying prevention in Minnesota schools. The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act aims to require school districts to better train teachers and staff on bullying prevention. It also would require districts to investigate bullying cases and track them.
ST. PAUL -- A bullying prevention bill, altered after it stalled in the Legislature last year, appears headed for a vote today in the Senate. The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, sponsored by state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, is expected to be debated during a noon floor session. The bill was last in the Senate in May, when it was tabled after the threat of a Republican filibuster.
ST. PAUL -- Legislation to strengthen Minnesota’s anti-bullying law continues to be controversial despite the latest efforts to amend the bill to satisfy school administrators’ concerns.