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'New Minnesota Miracle' school bill lacks funding source, critics contend

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By Scott Wente

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Democratic lawmakers want to boost state funding to public schools $1.7 billion annually, but critics call the plan an election-year ploy without a way to pay for it.

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The plan introduced Monday by a group of mostly Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party lawmakers bumps up state aid to classrooms beginning next year, makes changes to additional aid payments schools receive and simplifies some formulas used to determine funding.

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