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Union draws the gov.'s ire over officials' shortcomings on education


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will not try to get bonus federal education funds because the Legislature did nothing to reform education, as required by the Obama administration, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Wednesday.

The problem is the Education Minnesota teachers' union, he said, which has "a controlling influence" over Democrats who control the House and Senate.

Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher said that changes Pawlenty wants would not work.

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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.