October 2009 – Public Recognizes That Schools Have Been Under-Funded – Each year Phi Delta Kappan teams up with the Gallup polling organization to survey American opinions on public schools. People were asked the following open ended question: “What do you think are the biggest problems that the public schools of your community must deal with?” Almost one third of those surveyed said the biggest problem facing public schools is a lack of funding, AMSD Connections (page 3).
June 27, 2006 – State Auditor Releases Report on School District and Charter School Finances– Enrollment Decline Continues, Costs Increase, Minnesota Office of the State Auditor.
In June 2005, the Office of the Minnesota State Auditor produced the report, Financial Trends of Minnesota School Districts and Charter Schools For the period 2000 to 2004.
The report analyzes school district finances from 2000 to 2004. It examines key factors that drive costs in education as well as revenue and expenditure trends. The report’s key findings include the following:
May 2006 – Public Pensions in Minnesota: Re-Definable Benefits and Under-Reported Performance, Minnesota Taxpayers Association Center for Public Finance Research.