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DFL House leaders hold meetings on how GOP budget would affect education

DFL House leaders will spend time during the Legislature’s Easter/Passover break drumming up opposition to the proposed Republican state budget proposal and its impact on education.
They’ll be in Duluth this afternoon and in St.

DFL House leaders will spend time during the Legislature’s Easter/Passover break drumming up opposition to the proposed Republican state budget proposal and its impact on education.

They’ll be in Duluth this afternoon and in St. Paul on Wednesday to talk about “higher and K-12 education, the importance of education on Minnesota’s economic competitiveness, and the impact of the GOP budget on Minnesota’s education future.”

The Duluth meeting, at 1 p.m. today at UMD’s library, will have “information about the impact of the Minnesota state budget on public colleges and universities in Duluth and the surrounding area” with:

  • Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Wright
  • House Minority Leader Paul Thissen
  • Reps. Tom Huntley, Mary Murphy, Kerry Gauthier
  • Chancellor Lendley (Lynn) Black, UMD
  • Dr. Sue Collins, president of Northeast Minnesota Higher Education District (Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River, and Vermillion Community Colleges)
  • Larry Anderson, president, and CFO Stephanie Hammitt of Fond du Lac Community College
  • Pat Johns, president; Mark Magnuson, vice president of academic and student affairs, and Mark Winson, vice president of administration, Lake Superior Community College

Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Washington Technology Middle School, 1495 Rice St., St. Paul, the focus is on the “impact of the Minnesota state budget on Twin Cities public schools” with:

  • Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
  • Deputy Minority Leader Debra Hilstrom
  • Reps. Mindy Greiling, Nora Slawik and John Lesch
  • Sen. Mary Jo McGuire
  • Mayors R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis) and Chris Coleman (St. Paul)
  • School administrators, faculty and other education leaders.