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Legislative Update- House Approves E-12 Education Budget

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
 
I hope you enjoyed a lovely holiday weekend. We’ve returned from our Easter/Passover recess and will be spending the next four weeks vetting, negotiating, and voting on various components of the state budget. Here’s an update from St. Paul:
 

E-12 Education Bill

Yesterday, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a new E-12 education budget that invests in all of our students across the state. A few key highlights of the investments within the budget bill would:
  • Increase the per-pupil funding formula by 3% in the first year and by another 2% in the second year of the biennium.
  • Address Minnesota’s special education funding shortfall.
  • Protect access to voluntary Pre-K programs for 4,000 children.
  • Enable schools to hire additional student support staff, such as licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, and nurses.
  • Expand students’ ability to earn college credits and develop skills through career and technical education programs.
I’m pleased to share that the increase to the per-pupil funding formula means we’ll be able to deliver approximately:

Osseo: $918 per student
Robbinsdale: $1,218 per student
Wayzata: $752 per student.
How fitting that a group from Wayzata High School came to visit on the day we voted on the E-12 Education Budget bill! I was glad to vote ‘yes’ for these students and all in our area schools.
Strong state funding secures our communities, families, and students’ success for the long term, especially in times of economic downturns. 
 

Survey

As the legislature takes on these consequential issues affecting all of us, I want to hear about what's important to you and your family. Please let me know by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019mn44A.
  
Please continue to reach out with your feedback, comments and questions. In addition to listening to every phone message, I personally read every letter and email. Your input is important as we approach the final weeks of session.
 
Sincerely,
Ginny Klevorn
State Representative
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