by Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio
September 23, 2008
St. Paul, Minn. — Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday outlined a number of education related proposals he plans to push for during the 2009 legislative session. It's the first set of initiatives from the governor for next year's legislative session.
The governor's package focuses on improving the quality of teachers by changing how they are paid, recruited and prepared for class.
Pawlenty proposes tying teacher pay raises to improvement in student performance. It's a step further than the QComp law Minnesota enacted a few years ago, which put more emphasis on merit in pay decisions.
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