St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a new E-12 education budget that makes honest investments in every student in every public school.
The original House E-12 Education budget included a $900 million increase this biennium, and would have provided a 3% and 2% increase to the general education formula, significant funding to decrease the special education cross-subsidy, historic funding to diversify our classrooms, post-secondary education opportunities (both college and career/technical), and funding to help schools meet the specific needs of students.
The Senate’s E-12 Education budget did not come close to matching the House investment, and would have provided only 0.5% and 0.5% increases to the general education formula, resulting in teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, program cuts, and higher property taxes.
“All Minnesota kids deserve a world-class education and that requires honest investment,” said Representative Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis), Chair of the Education Finance Division. “While there’s still more work to do for Minnesota students and teachers, House Democrats fought for the critical funding students need and deserve.”
The E-12 education budget includes $543 million of new funding, and would:
The E-12 education budget also includes policy reforms that will: