On Tuesday, Governor Dayton released his proposed budget for the next biennium, calling for a 2% increase on the basic formula for K-12 education in each of the next two years. Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) is calling for a 3% increase in each year of the biennium to help make up for over 25 years of underfunding public schools in Minnesota.
Please consider contacting Rep. Bly and Sen. Draheim to urge their support for an increase in spending on the basic formula. In addition, you can also reach out to Senator Carla Nelson (651.296.4848) who is the chair of the Senate E12 Finance Chair and Rep. Jenifer Loon (651-296-7449), House Education Finance chair.
Here are five bullet points you could emphasize:
• School funding is a requirement of the Minnesota Constitution (Article XIII, Section I: "The legislature shall make such provisions by taxation or otherwise as will secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state").
• Adding dollars to the Basic Formula allows school district to make local decisions about where to best utilize the money.
• Adding dollars to the Basic Formula is the most fair and efficient way of providing new dollars to schools.
• Adding dollars to the Basic Formula is the simplest and most transparent way of investing money into public education.
• Adding dollars to the Basic Formula helps close the gap in buying power created by years of not recognizing the need to increase the Basic Formula to keep pace with inflation. The formula would need to be increased by $2,188 in order to have the same buying power it did in 1991-92.
For more information, visit the Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) website linked below.