NEW PLATEAUS Adventures in Subbing pt 2: A Man in a Women's World
As a substitute teacher you'd expect I get to wear a few different hats and teach students of all ages. Indeed. But at the teaching placement company I work for these hats and age-ranges extend a litt... Posted on 12/11/12 at 11:05 AM
Ramsey County District Court Judge Dale Lindman issued a temporary restraining order and said that the proposal should go through the Legislature, not be ordered by a governor. Gov. Mark Dayton said he would meet with Attorney General Lori Swanson before deciding how to proceed.
Union leaders say they doubt they'll ask the Legislature for a vote on unionizing child-care providers if that's the path they have to follow, saying it probably would be futile given legislators already have cut quality improvement grants for child care providers.
The state ranks among the least affordable for child care, with a $9,900 annual average cost for a center-based day care, according to a recent national study. The recession has helped lower the average cost of child care slightly, but it also has left more parents struggling to afford day care, increased the number of children receiving public assistance for child care and forced hundreds of providers to close because of low enrollment.
The lingering recession is forcing cash-strapped parents to cancel camp for the kids. Instead, they’re being packed off to their grandparents. The hundreds of dollars a week that would have paid for camp are being diverted to more essential needs — groceries, electricity and house payments.
I have never criticized child care providers, and I recognize the need for more high-quality child care availability. In fact, contrary to the letter's assertions, I made the motion in the Human Service Committee to add funding to House Bill 1418; I made the motion to pass the bill; and I am carrying it to the floor.
Apparently Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, has had a revelation that will solve the state’s child care problems at no cost to the state or even to the parents: Grandma and Grandpa can watch them. Why didn’t we think of this earlier?!
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