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Associated Press, Published April 23 2013

Minnesota House to vote on education budget

ST. PAUL — A long push to fund all-day kindergarten statewide is ramping up at the Capitol.

House Democrats have made all-day kindergarten — and education as a whole — one of their top funding priorities for this session. The House's education bill was expected to come up for a full vote Tuesday afternoon.

The bill increases funding for schools by $550 million compared to the state's last budget. On top of expanding all-day kindergarten, it would fund early learning scholarships for 3- and 4-year-olds, add $209 per pupil to the state's bedrock funding formula and pay back $850 million in IOUs to schools used to balance previous budgets.

The Senate's education budget, set for a vote later this week, doesn't pay back those loans and adds less money to the formula.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.