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Labor Day

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As Labor Day — the unofficial end of summer approaches, I like to recall this famous quote from Dr. King. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity – and on Labor Day […] Read more

Minnesota Students’ ACT Scores Rank Top in the Nation

This is the 10th year in a row graduating Minnesota students have received this ranking SAINT PAUL, Minn. – For the 10th straight year, Minnesota’s graduating seniors received the highest ranking in the country on their ACT scores. Minnesota seniors averaged a score of 22.7 – nearly two points higher than the national average of […] Read more

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Sen. Wiger: Special Session Leads to Historic Investment in Education

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi House and Senate leaders have finally arrived at an agreement with Governor Dayton on E-12 funding. While the agreement was clearly a compromise, I’m viewing the $525 million E-12 bill as […] Read more

E-12 Bill Passes in Special Session

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Following passage of the revised E-12 bill on Friday during the Minnesota Legislature’s Special Session, Chair of the Senate E-12 Committee Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) released the following statement. “The negotiated $525 million E-12 bill is a win for Minnesota families. This bill is the third largest state investment in state […] Read more


Senators Stand with Governor Dayton

Senators make it clear they are in favor of an ongoing commitment to early childhood education One day after Governor Dayton announced he would be vetoing the legislature’s $400 million E-12 bill, seven DFL State Senators have made it clear they won’t be a road block to negotiations, saying they are in favor of the […] Read more

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Sen. Wiger Responds to Governor’s Veto of E-12 Bill

In response to Governor Dayton’s announcement that he has vetoed the Legislature’s E-12 bill, Senate E-12 Budget Chair Sen. Chuck Wiger released the following statement: “I am proud of the bill we passed this legislative session and support the important proposals that will go a long way to help our schools: more money on the […] Read more