ST. PAUL, MN – On Tuesday, Governor Dayton announced a proposal for $137.9 million in one-time Emergency School Aid, which would deliver needed state funding for school districts across the state. Right now, at least 26 school districts in the metro, including Minneapolis, are facing immediate budget deficits that could result in hundreds of teachers and support staff layoffs, along with cuts to school programs in the coming year.
Gov. Dayton’s proposal would increase school funding by 2 percent amounting to $126 for every Minnesota student, which would result in approximately $6.1 million for Minneapolis Public Schools.
Representative Raymond Dehn (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement:
“All Minnesota kids deserve a world-class education, and the opportunity to do well and succeed. Despite a surplus, Republicans are consistently shortchanging our students so they can continue to put the wealthy and corporations first. By prioritizing this emergency aid, we’re protecting our public schools, students, teachers and support staff for the future.”