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Teachers union wants more education money

A large majority of Minnesotans are happy with the work of school instructors and staff, but believe more state funding is needed to maintain that level of quality, a teacher-funded poll found.

Education Minnesota, the state's largest teachers union, commissioned the phone survey last November. It also revealed that 62 percent of respondents believe school spending should be increased. One-third of those polled said funding should remain flat.

Education Minnesota President Judy Schaubach of Red Wing said poll results reinforce public comments made at listening sessions across the state. More than 600 people completed the poll.

"We cannot afford to lose our best and brightest to more lucrative careers," Schaubach said, "and we have the public's support."

National Democratic pollster Alan Secrest said his firm's survey was random and not skewed to produce a favorable outcome for Education Minnesota.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.