ST. PAUL, Minn. – This week, Gov. Mark Dayton announced plans for $137.9 million in one-time Emergency School Aid for school districts across Minnesota. Currently, more than 26 school districts in the metro area and 33 school districts in Greater Minnesota are facing immediate budget deficits that could result in hundreds of teachers and support staff being laid off, along with significant programming cuts. The proposal would increase school funding by two percent in the coming year, amounting to an additional $126 for every student in Minnesota.
The Robbinsdale Public School District is projected to have a budget shortfall in 2018-2019. The new funding proposed by Governor Dayton would amount to an additional $2 million for Robbinsdale Public Schools.
Representative Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) released the following statement:
“Minnesota is great because we value our children and their education. We must support the teachers and staff that do so much to create a positive place for our children to learn. Forcing schools to cut teachers, support staff and important programs is unacceptable.”