The MN Legislature approved more funding for districts, didn’t that help schools?
Although state funding has increased, it falls short of covering the escalating expenses, aggravated by dozens of new state requirements passed in the last round of MN Legislation. As a result, we have to take money from other important budgets to cover those unfunded and underfunded mandates. In addition, state funding has not kept pace with inflation since 2003, resulting in schools falling behind in funding and relying more on the support of their local communities through referendums. While the basic education formula is now tied to inflation up to a 3% maximum, there is still a funding gap based on the historical shortfalls. Watch our School Funding Video to learn more.