Tag Archives | school levies

Bill would extend Minn. school district power to tax for repairs, avoid voter approval

Kia Farhang, Star Tribune, January 18, 2015 192 FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Opening a hatch in the gym floor at Forest Lake Elementary, Brandon Perry looked down at the web of heating pipes below. Any issue with the school’s more than 60-year-old heating system, and Perry or another custodian has to climb down and wriggle through […]

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Minnesota voters sign off on school levies at record rate

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, November 6, 2013 – Nearly nine in 10 Minnesota school districts that asked voters for money on Election Day got it, jump-starting plans for building renovations, computer purchases and security system improvements. Voters in 50 of 57 districts approved operating levies, an 88 percent passage rate that is the highest ever recorded […]

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Even with funding increase, some school districts to ask voters for more

Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio, August 2, 2013 – When the Legislature passed a $485 million increase in school spending over the next two years, DFL lawmakers described the 2013 education bill as one of the best ever. They also predicted the new money would turn the school-financing tide of the past decade. But school districts […]

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Parents Add Heft to Bond, Tax-Measure Campaigns

Nora Fleming, Education Week, July 30, 2013 – Sitting in a cafeteria at Pimlico Elementary/Middle School last fall, parents were asked to imagine what their children’s school would look like with an influx of money under a proposed $2.4 billion bond project to renovate and upgrade facilities in the Baltimore district. Parents called for “basic standards”: […]

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Small towns look to Legislature for help with aging school buildings

Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio, February 6, 2013 – On a shelf inside his office, Rushford-Peterson school Superintendent Chuck Ehler shows off a collection of rusted pipes and crumbled drywall. “This is plaster that comes down off of our ceilings, some of our classrooms,” Ehler said. “And this is 1906 construction.” Some of the damage is […]

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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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Minn. voters approve most school levy requests

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, November 7, 2012 – Most Minnesota school districts with levy referendums on the ballot yesterday met with success. Voters in 29 of 40 districts approved levies, essentially pledging local taxpayer support for their schools, in addition to state-provided funds. This year’s approval is better than average in a year crowded with […]

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A Catch-22 ruling for state’s schools

Campaign finance decision creates risks in referendum drives. Star Tribune Editorial, August 14, 2012 – A recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision is likely to lead to a damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-don’t dilemma for the state’s school districts. Last week, the court said that state campaign finance rules do indeed apply to school districts. So if school officials use […]

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Minnestota high court says schools must report spending

Associated Press (Pioneer Press), August 10, 2012 – The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Friday that school districts must register and report campaign spending related to ballot questions. The ruling stems from a 2010 complaint against the St. Louis County School District. Steve Abrahamson, the mayor of Tower, and Tom Kotzian, a community education activist, maintained that […]

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