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Some Questions and Answers for School Districts on ‘Spending Money Wisely’

Karla Scoon Reid (guest blogger), Education Week’s blog, District Dosier by Debra Viadero, May 8, 2014 The District Management Council this week is unveiling the top 10 strategies that public school districts should consider to save money and improve effectiveness while still boosting student achievement in a series of research papers called “Spending Money Wisely: Getting […]

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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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HF 1’s symbolism is great — but give us real funding reform, school advocates say

House Speaker Paul Thissen proposed accelerating the school payback within the first few hours of the 2013 Legislature, but fixing school funding in Minnesota will require fundamental reforms. MinnPost photo by James Nord Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 21, 2013 – Remember the adage about reaping what you sow? Good. Now, does your elected representative? Its chances may […]

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K-12 funding reform needed

Star Tribune Editorial, December 10, 2012 – For most of the last decade, there has been wide agreement that Minnesota’s complicated K-12 state funding formula needs work. To that end, yet another group of earnest education stakeholders has come up with a recommended model for funding public schools. The committee, appointed by state Education Commissioner Brenda […]

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A poor grade on education for lawmakers

Star Tribune Editorial, May 15, 2012 – Lawmakers didn’t make much progress on education reform. ONE CONCERN “Our members are really worried about integration aid — just about every one of our metro school districts receive those funds. Next June the funding will sunset, but the desegregation rule was not repealed. Will it turn into […]

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NGA to Work with Four Selected States on Effective Education Spending – May 2, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Governors Association   WASHINGTON—State revenues remain constrained by the 2008 recession, resulting in generally flat education expenditures at a time of increasing student performance expectations. The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Arizona, Kentucky, Minnesota and New Mexico—to participate in a policy academy that will focus on […]

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Education funding champion

Erin Schmidtke, Session Weekly, April 20, 2012 – When Rep. Denise Dittrich (DFL-Champlin) entered the House eight years ago, she had a set of goals in mind. Now, after advocating for increased education funding and an agenda to support small businesses, she is stepping down. Dittrich’s reasons for leaving are both professional and personal. Her youngest son […]

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Education advocate is moving on

Erin Schmidtke, Session Weekly, February 3, 2012 – At age eight, Rep. Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville) knew she wanted to become a teacher. Years later, her accomplishments would include earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, teaching in St. Paul public schools, and later being elected to the Roseville Area School Board and finally […]

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A Chilling Call to St. Paul – March 5, 2008

Minnesota 2020 School Superintendents Speak out about Minnesota’s Failed Funding System Click here for the full report (PDF). Executive Summary In 2001, Minnesota lawmakers made a brave and farsighted decision: They adopted a plan in which the state would pay almost all K-12 education costs. This plan modified the previous system in which the state […]

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Success of Colorado suit over education funding has implications for Minnesota

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, December 15, 2011 – The Colorado Legislature’s funding of education is “irrational and inadequate,” a Denver judge has ruled. On Friday, a Denver District Court judge ruled that the Colorado Legislature’s “irrational and inadequate” funding system violates that state’s constitution, which promises a “thorough and uniform” education system. “There is not one […]

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