MSBA at the Capitol — Tell your senator to support basic education funding increase

MSBA at the Capitol — Tell your senator to support basic education funding increase

MSBA’s highest legislative priority in 2015 is a $300 per year per pupil increase on the basic education funding formula.

Sen. John Hoffman introduced an MSBA-sponsored bill (SF163) that reflects this priority. This bill is really important because it is the basic funding formula revenue that provides the majority of the educational services to ALL students in ALL school districts.

The current basic formula has not kept pace with inflation — this bill addresses this “inflation gap.” While increased revenue was provided in the previous two years by the Legislature, new requirements have also increased. These new requirements do require resources if they are to be successful.

Adding dollars on the basic formula is the fairest way to distribute revenue to support our public schools — that is our constitutional obligation.

On behalf of the 850,000 students that attend our public schools each day, we want to extend a sincere thank you to Sen. Hoffman and co-authors Sen. Alice Johnson, Sen. Melissa Wiklund, Sen. Tom Saxhaug and Sen. Dan Sparks. Thank you for Standing up for Public Schools.

Click here to learn more about why this bill is so important to our schools, what the “inflation gap” is and what are the new responsibilities for schools.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your senators and ask them to support a $300 increase on the basic education funding formula because it the fairest and most-efficient way to fund our schools. This money is an investment in our state’s future workforce.

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