The Minnesota Senate this afternoon (Thurs) over objections of some Democrats passed an E-12 education funding bill —   the single largest piece of the state budget.   Maplewood Democrat Chuck Wiger says state dollars are inadequate, with no increase on the funding formula:

“There will be cuts.   Members, I hope you’ve talked to your local school boards, to parents, to teachers.”

Democrats oppose G-O-P measures in the bill that would broaden school choice. Lino Lakes Republican Roger Chamberlain responds:

“Government schools are not written on a tablet as the best educational option ever in the history of the world.”

Chamberlain says Minnesotans have a choice for pre-K and higher ed — but in the middle, the state tells parents, “you can’t have that.”