Quit sitting on the budget surplus — the message from the Education Minnesota teachers union to Senate Republicans, whose top priority is permanent tax cuts:

“I don’t know how we could even be talking about that when we have school districts that have been starved for resources for decades.”

…Education Minnesota President Denise Specht.  Republicans respond the state has thrown money at public schools, but student test scores are static at best and the achievement gap hasn’t closed.  They’re pushing “back to basics” and what they term school choice options for parents — which opponents label school vouchers.