UNDATED -- Minnesota's influential state teachers union says it wants to shrink the state's achievement gap by shrinking class sizes and focusing on early childhood education for future students.

Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher presented the proposals today (Tuesday).

The union is also calling for annual performance reviews for teachers.  And they're endorsing it's version of alternative pathways to teaching.  More reviews and recruiting professionals to become teachers are two things former Governor Pawlenty supported last year.

St. Cloud Education Association President Mary Broderick says that doesn't mean they've come around to Pawlenty's way of thinking.

Education Minnesota will now bring their proposals to state lawmakers.