Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released his 2018-19 biennial budget plan on January 24. The proposed budget includes an increase of $609 million overall for E-12 education. This includes a per-pupil funding increase of 2 percent in each of the next two years.
The Governor’s budget proposal also includes $40 million in additional funding to decrease the cross-subsidy schools face as they shift money from their general unreserved funds to cover deficits in special education. This extra funding for special education would reduce the cross subsidy by about 3 percent.
Other key areas of the education budget proposal include:
- Expansion of voluntary preK – $75 million
- Pension aid to pay for the employer contribution increases to address the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) unfunded liability – $68.5 million
- On-line Individual Education Plan system – build at MN Dept of Education – $1.4 million
- Help Me Grow (resources for families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns)–$3 million
- Transformation Zones and Education Partnerships – $1 million
- Increased aid for four Bureau of Indian Education schools – $4.4 million
- Counselor and other support services grants – $4 million
- Full service community schools – $2 million
- Debt Service equalization –$18 million
- Technology at MN Dept of Education (mainframe to collect data and pay districts) – $3.2 million
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