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Editorial: Reforming K-12 top to bottom

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The 2010 Legislature and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in going through their budget machinations, pretty much kept K-12 public education off the table.

Yet, K-12 education in Minnesota is the state's largest budget item, at $15.5 billion for the two-year biennium, followed by health and human services at $11.7 billion. With the 2011 Legislature staring at a $5.4 billion deficit - one that could climb in excess of $7 billion - K-12 education can no longer be left off the table.

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