ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants the state to spend an extra $52 per public school student.
That jump is part of a more than $600 million increase in education spending that Dayton is seeking for the state's next two-year budget, which he outlined Tuesday morning.
Dayton is also pushing for more money for all-day kindergarten programs, early education scholarships and for the state's public universities and colleges.
The governor says his education investments are necessary to improve Minnesota and its economy. His plan for more education spending accounts for almost two-thirds of his proposed state spending increases.
Dayton has made funding K-12 education a top priority for his first term. He's pledged to increase funding every year in office.
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