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Rep. Hortman urges support for fairness in school funding

Monday, May 02, 2005
Representative Melissa Hortman (Brooklyn Park/Coon Rapids) wants to encourage area residents to get active this week in support of increased funding for education. Hortman has coauthored legislation that will increase the referendum equalization aid from $500 to $800. These additional state funds will provide an economic boost to property-poor districts that are not able to generate as much levy money as districts with higher property values. "With this bill, we have a chance to level the field somewhat between property-rich districts and property-poor districts with regard to funding for education," said Hortman. "Equalization is all about fairness," said Hortman. "This is the way we can even out the disparities and help all of our schools afford to provide a high quality education to their students." The House bill has been referred to the Education Finance Committee. A companion bill in the Senate has been referred to the Finance Committee.