Minnesota bids for federal aid to boost early education

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2011 - 9:14 PM

Minnesota's application for federal funds, submitted Wednesday, would give an extra $45 million to early education programs.

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drposterOct. 19, 11 4:50 PM

Stop the insanity! 45 million in grants, which in 2 years will turn into 45 mil in unfunded liabilities. Which will result in more bond/tax increase requests. And they'll break out the same hammer "It's for the children"..

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go25or624Oct. 19, 11 6:13 PM

drposter--pretty much everything that the feds do with education is an unfunded mandate. Why not get what we can get? Just softens the blow of the local school districts. If it weren't for the FDE, Minnesota would still be leading the nation in education.

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farcicalOct. 19, 11 6:43 PM

Why are states being forced to apply for their own money...especially when federal special education mandates go unfunded? Gut the Fed Dept of Ed and give the money back to states as categorical or block grants. Any federal involvement should simply be used to establish and force states to maintain standards. Besides, the system clearly favors states that are way behind or have a lot of electoral votes that can be bought.

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cheltyOct. 19, 11 7:23 PM

So do the schools that permit bullying or let teachers talk down to special ed kids still get the $$? True stories going on right now to two people I personally know. Al Franken has a good letter to the editor about NCLB in the Morris paper. I imagine it's in other papers as well.

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fisherman17Oct. 19, 11 7:28 PM

just have one question: Is education an unalienable right? Are we inherently entitled to publicly subsidized schooling? And whatever you think, who do you think this money really goes to? Is it const'l to force a married couple w/o kids to pay taxes for somebody else's education? These intentions seem so benevolent, but we really need to examine this. We don't have the money. If they say they've allocated the money and it's within the budget, that is just a cover. What about what could have been done (or not done, which would have been better) instead of throwing at bureaucratic blobs of unions not actually standing up for the rank and file members and kids?

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Truckman182Oct. 19, 11 7:47 PM

Levy's in MN in 106 school district and yet we keep feeding the machine year after year and levy after levy. More and more more they say. After all its all for the kids and their benefit. Meanwhile the union bosses sitting back get fat and happy.

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gopherfan93Oct. 19, 11 7:48 PM

The federal gov't should not be involved in education in any way. The federal spigget needs to be shut off and capped. The federal department of education needs to go bye-bye. Educating children is a state job, and a state job ONLY!!

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dachieftanOct. 19, 11 7:50 PM

Get the federal government out of education altogether. That should be the first cut in the federal budget. And. all the federal mandates should be left in the dust.

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freedumb86Oct. 19, 11 8:50 PM

This program borders on a lottery system in which a bunch of teachers and administrators get together and discuss how they are going apply for a grant that supports test scores or measurable progress. Most schools will not get this money even though they invested a huge amount of time into planning for it. Bring home the troops and support the monumental problems we are about to face! Fund education!

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fisherman17Oct. 19, 11 9:04 PM

careful when you say it's totally a state govt's job to run edu. I agree it reduces the 'one size fits all' disaster of federalization of stuff, but if it's govt run it's going to be inefficient from everything I've seen govt try to do. State govt, especially with a left governor and MEA guy open liberal would scare me a bit.

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