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Minnesota Senate okays education cuts

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators voted to chop public school budgets $273 per pupil Tuesday while opting to expand a program that pays teachers based on performance instead of seniority.

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Those on the winning side of the 37-29 vote were not happy to be cutting schools, but said a budget deficit left them no choice.

"This bill expects more from our educational system and gives them less resources to carry it out," said Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer.

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