Dayton Asking For $75 Million To Expand Preschool
Republican legislators aren’t eager to expand the state’s preschool program a year after it launched.
Governor Mark Dayton is asking for $75 million in his budget proposal to expand his prized early education program.
More than 100 school districts that requested startup funds didn’t get them as the Legislature put up $25 million in the first year.
But GOP lawmakers who control the Legislature say they want more evidence of the program’s success before agreeing to a spending increase.
Rep. Jenifer Loon, of Eden Prairie, and fellow Republicans favor a scholarship system they say allows parents to choose a school that best suits their families. Loon says she thinks Dayton’s administration could better allocate the funds they already have to reach more schools.