St. Paul, MN— House Education Finance Chair Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement on the compromise K-12 education budget agreement:
“We're proud to have reached bipartisan agreement with the Senate after working to secure strong education investments for the next four years.
Our goals were to deliver stable and predictable funding for Minnesota schools, centering students and families in our deliberations, and prioritizing public dollars for public schools. We advocated for a strong commitment in the per pupil formula, funding to help schools with the cost of delivering special education services, and the first investment in English Language Learner programming in years. We are proud of the inclusion that makes a historic investment in programs to attract, train, and retain teachers of color and American Indian teachers. House DFLers will continue to emphasize the importance of improving student experiences so that Minnesota can better respond to the racial disparities in educational opportunities. We know there is much more work to do in this area and Democrats remain committed to ensuring every child has access to a world class education.”