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Mark Dayton's preschool funding request gets icy reception from GOP

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton pressed lawmakers on Tuesday to extend funding for preschool programs for the next three years, concerned one of his signature initiatives may fall by the wayside after he leaves office.

The Democratic governor has made expanding early learning options a top priority over his tenure, citing it as a means to close the state’s wide education achievement gap between low-income and minority students. In 2013, Dayton and the Democratic-controlled Legislature created an all-day kindergarten program statewide. Republicans agreed to launch a voluntary preschool program in 2016.


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