ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A long push to fund all-day kindergarten statewide is ramping up at the Capitol.
House Democrats have made all-day kindergarten -- and education as a whole -- one of their top funding priorities for this session. The House's education bill was expected to come up for a full vote Tuesday afternoon.
The bill increases funding for schools by $550 million compared to the state's last budget. On top of expanding all-day kindergarten, it would fund early learning scholarships for 3- and 4-year-olds, add $209 per pupil to the state's bedrock funding formula and pay back $850 million in IOUs to schools used to balance previous budgets.
The Senate's education budget, set for a vote later this week, doesn't pay back those loans and adds less money to the formula.
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