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Tuesday Talk: What education funding goals will move Minnesota forward?

October 09, 2012 By Joe Sheeran, Communications Director

Minnesota’s Education Finance Working Group is in the process of trying to fix the state’s broken school funding formula which suffers in part from severe, on-going disinvestment. Inflation-adjusted state education funding has declined 13 percent since 2003, resulting in an overreliance on property taxes that now comprises 20 percent of total education funding, up 8 percent in a decade. This regressive, unsustainable reliance on property taxes will create statewide education disparities.

Why do lawmakers protect the top two percent of income earners at the expense of education, especially when the middle-class are willing to raise their own taxes to adequately fund schools?

What education funding goals will move Minnesota forward? 

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  • Cee Vee says:

    October 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Unfortunately, the right are more interested in eradicating public education than funding it.
    The well-off send their children to private schools and don’t possess the foresight to see that a well-educated populace benefits everyone - including them.
    Before we can move forward on this issue, our legislators need to get on the same page: public schools are vital and benefit each and every member of our society.

  • Bernice Vetsch says:

    October 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Naming the proper goals for the legislator and our wonderful Governor Dayton to work toward would have to include:

    —Truly progressive taxation so the State can fully support education and other public obligations

    —The full restoration of LGA to our cities and towns

    —Removing Minnesota from Race for the Top in order to protect our schools from being judged “failing” so they can be replaced by charters (privately run for profit but publicly funded)

    —Protecting Minnesota educators from the goals of those who would destroy, if they can, both the public schools and public unions (and all unions, actually)


  • Lonni Skrentner says:

    October 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Any list of musts has to include new funding for early childhood education.  We can’t ignore the research that says this is the best investment.  Meanwhile we cannot take funding from K-12 in order to do it!