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RELEASE: St. Paul Legislators Thank Governor Dayton for Pre-K Funding Request

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


SAINT PAUL, MN. – Today, State Reps. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul) and Dave Pinto (DFL – St. Paul), shared their support for Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal to make permanent a previous one-time appropriation for voluntary pre-Kindergarten programs pioneered under the Dayton Administration. If the Legislature takes no action, significant funding for St. Paul Public Schools will end.

Local one-time funds approved in a previous legislative session are as follows:

St. Paul Public School District

Approx. 227 pre-K students

Received $1,678,717 in one-time spending.

“All Minnesota kids deserve a world-class education, and the opportunity to do well and succeed,” said Rep. Moran. “Governor Dayton has championed improving opportunities for preschool-aged children to succeed, and I have his back in this fight for St. Paul kids to do well. Low-income families in my community know how valuable this support for pre-K is, and I’m thankful that Governor Dayton sees the value in it.”

“Investing in young minds pays off many times over, for their families and for all of us,” said Rep. Pinto. “I hear this over and over again at my Prenatal to Three Policy Forums. The bulk of the families taking part in pre-k programs in St. Paul are low income and they benefit greatly from this support. I thank Governor Dayton for his continued leadership on behalf of young children in St. Paul and throughout Minnesota.”