Minnesota’s public schools get a two percent overall increase in state funding each of the next two years, under a budget bill Governor Tim Walz signs into law this afternoon (1pm) at an elementary school in Saint Paul. Education Minnesota teachers union President Denise Specht  says it’s not enough, but at least schools won’t have to pick up extra special education costs anymore:

“I don’t anticipate that class sizes are going to go down or that we’re going to be able to hire more counselors or mental health professionals in our schools, but we’re not going to be seeing massive layoffs or massive cuts of programs either.”

It’s expected Governor Walz will sign the rest of the budget bills by the end of the day tomorrow (Fri) A spokesman says the governor will then hit the road next week to tout accomplishments of the 2019 legislative session, likely beginning with Monday stops in Duluth and Rochester.