- Funding for school breakfast.
- A matching grant program to help school districts add school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses to their staffs.
- Increased revenue for technology and expansion of rural broadband.'
- Expanded opportunities for students to earn dual credit through concurrent enrollment.
About the only things missing from the list were anything but a brief mention of the general education basic formula and the need for on-going teacher development and evaluation revenue. It;s safe to say that the Senate package surpasses the Governor's $394 million and how the Senate will choose to alter the Governor's overall budget proposal to generate the revenue to fund its education package. The February budget forecast that is due in three weeks may provide another shot of revenue to the bottom line and that could prove helpful in making all the pieces fit together.
From this tweet, it appears the Governor is open to the Senate's priorities: https://twitter.com/GovMarkDayton/status/563031386177961985?cn=cmVjb3NfZXhwbG9yZQ%3D%3D
The House majority caucus has yet to release a list of their education funding priorities. They have set a course on several policy reforms, particularly as it relates to the use of seniority in the determination of teacher layoffs. I think the biggest problem will be reconciling the overall spending targets between the Senate and the House as it is expected that the House will do more in terms of tax cuts.
Here is an article from the StarTribune on the Senate's education proposal: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/290803631.html
And here is MPR's take: http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2015/02/senate-dfl-education-plan-grows-larger/