When it comes to higher education spending, the Dayton administration did propose a couple specific areas for increases. These include:
- Funding to recruit and retain teachers, with a focus on diversifying the teaching workforce; and
- Grants to be used to narrow gaps in post-secondary attainment tied to race, supporting best practices that facilitate student retention and completion.
An issue getting a lot of attention this session is funding for high school counselors and other high school support staff. Sen. Susan Kent has introduced legislation on the topic. (The scope of the needs for more high school counselors has been thoroughly covered recently by Minnesota Public Radio.)