Ahead of a funding debate this week in the Legislature, Gov. Mark Dayton told a rally Sunday at St Paul's Central High School that teachers in Minnesota are being put in impossible situations, with too many students and under-equipped classrooms.
Dayton said money in his proposed budget and the budgets of DFLers in the House and Senate would meet those needs.
"I'm proud to have made that support," he said, adding that bills moving through the state House and Senate call for even higher dollar amounts than his own proposals.
"I don' t mind being trumped for a good cause," he said. "It's great to see a governor and legislature arguing over how much more money to give to education, not less. We're not going to argue, we're just going to have a discussion."
The governor said DFLers want the new education funding to come from increased taxes on Minnesotans who make the most money.