Frank Forsberg, chair of the MinneMinds campaign, joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the group's effort to secure more money for early childhood education scholarships for low-income Minnesota children. The funding would come through a supplemental budget.
Late last year, the education omnibus funding bill had last-minute changes that impacted funding for Minnesota's preschoolers.
[Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley] is now gearing up for a second chance during the coming session. In January, he pre-filed a bill that would restore $20 million worth of scholarship funding for fiscal 2015, which begins in July of this year, and would remove the existing $5,000 cap on scholarship awards.
The bill would increase the available scholarship funds to $43 million. That amount would then double in each subsequent year until demand around the state is fully met.