Education Minnesota is calling the E-12 budget agreed on by Governor Walz and legislative leaders “a good down payment.” But union president Denise Specht adds:

“We know that we can do better here in Minnesota, and we know that to fully fund our public schools, we need more than that and we want to do transformational work in our schools and our students certainly have unmet needs that we have to address.”

The proposed budget would invest $543 million in new money to public education–but Specht earlier this year said it would take around four-billion-dollars to fully fund E-12 education in the next biennium. Lawmakers are tasked with hashing out the details before the bill gets a vote in a special session.