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A Decade of School Funding Cuts Reversed

Download report (pdf) Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020, November 11, 2013 – After a decade of cuts in real (i.e., inflation adjusted) per pupil state support for K-12 education, the FY 2014-15 budget passed during the 2013 legislation session provided a significant increase in state aid. The increase in state funding projected to occur from FY 2013 […]

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New Ed Money Replaces Only a Portion of Cuts

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, September 11, 2013 – In a recent Star-Tribune op-ed, Representatives Sondra Erickson and Kelby Woodard begin their commentary with a woefully incomplete and frequently erroneous description of the state’s role in financing K-12 education over the last decade. Despite their rosy portrayal of multi-billion dollar state funding increases for Minnesota public schools, […]

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K-12’s Funding Renaissance

John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020 Journal, April 26, 2013 – Knowledge is power. Knowledge is also a job path to prosperity and stability. Prosperity and stability flow from the purposeful application of knowledge to public and personal circumstance. The sooner we realize that expanding knowledge builds a better, growing Minnesota, the sooner we’ll get there. Applying […]

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Educators voice support for Dayton’s budget

Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio, March 11, 2013 – Several education groups today voiced support for Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget which would increase funding for early childhood learning, all-day kindergarten and special education, among other priority areas. Schools have never recovered from losing the general education levy in 2001 and shifting more responsibility to the state, […]

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Minnesota shirks its duty to fund schools

Counterpoint George Kimball, Star Tribune Commentary, March 6, 2013 – In her March 3 column (“Repay IOU to schools — for the state’s sake”) Lori Sturdevant argues that it is more important that the state finish repaying the funding shifts it enacted in recent years to balance the state budget than it is to provide proper funding for […]

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School funding lags behind inflation

Kremena Spengler, New Ulm Journal, December 17, 2012 – Per-pupil revenue in Minnesota for the fiscal year 2013-14 is projected to be $401 below the 2004-05 inflation-adjusted amount, according to a tax information presented by District 88 Business Manager Myrna Meunier last week. Conversely, most districts’ expenses will likely increase without budget cuts, by at least […]

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Seeking new ways to fund our schools

Editorial, Star Tribune, November 15, 2012 – A majority of the Minnesota school districts that asked voters for money last week were successful. About three-quarters of the districts that put operating levies, bond issues or capital projects on the ballot received some or all of what they requested. Those outcomes are generally good news for public […]

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‘Schools need more than fund raisers’

Susan Van Cleaf, Delano Press & News, November 8, 2012 – Deb Griffiths poured time and energy into volunteer fund raising efforts for her children’s schools — efforts such as bingo nights and sales of gift-wrapping paper. She discovered that no matter how hard she worked, she couldn’t prevent school budget cuts. So she decided to […]

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Schools struggle as education funding declines

Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch, Nov. 2, 2012 – Education funding fails to keep up with total personal income, falling 17 percent in the past 17 years, according to a data analysis from the Minnesota Department of Education released by the MREA [MN Rural Education Association]. The analysis of data of education funding as a percentage of […]

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49 kids in a high school class? Duluth class sizes reach largest in teachers’ memories

Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune, October 7, 2012 – A few of the 49 students in Joe Vukelich’s senior American government class at Denfeld High School don’t even fight for one of the 35 desks anymore; they have grown used to sitting on the floor, a windowsill, a lawn chair or at a table against the wall. […]

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