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ST. PAUL – State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said rural schools will see a funding boost under the Minnesota House K-12 Education funding proposal.
“Our schools, teachers, and students are a top priority for all Minnesotans, and this finance plan reflects that,” Gunther said. “It was important for us to protect our classrooms as we try to eliminate our $5.1 billion budget deficit.”
Gunther said the K-12 finance proposal raises per-pupil funding by $86 in years 2012-13 and $40 in 2014. It also adds funding for smaller schools with less than one thousand students.
Gunther said there are many reforms included in the proposal, such as relieving the districts of state-imposed mandates, and repealing the integration aid program and redistributing that money to the per-pupil formula to benefit every student across the state.
“We’re trying to give school districts more of an opportunity to spend their funds in the best way possible, while trying to narrow the funding disparity gap that exists between inner city and rural Minnesota schools,” Gunther said. “A student is a student regardless of where they live, and it’s important to treat all of them equally.”
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