Minnesota House Democrats propose a 3.3-billion-dollar increase for E-12 education over the next four years — with a focus on closing funding gaps in special education and English-learner programs.  House Speaker Melissa Hortman says by contrast…

“Minnesota Senate Republicans clearly believe our schools don’t need much in the way of help.”

Senate Education Committee Chairman Roger Chamberlain from Lino Lakes responds schools received historic funding in last year’s budget and “sending billions of dollars into more administration isn’t the solution” when 40 percent of Minnesota children can’t read at their grade level.  Chamberlain says Republicans’ top priority is reducing burdens and mandates on school districts and getting kids back in school.

Minneapolis Representative Jim Davnie says House Democrats’ proposal also addresses student mental health — the number-one concern he says they hear around Minnesota:

“We provide 475 million dollars going forward to fund 11-hundred new school support personnel in schools:  counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses.”