Minnesota Senate includes additional money for education in its supplemental budget target

Minnesota Senate includes additional money for education in its supplemental budget target

As we reported yesterday, the Minnesota Senate announced their supplemental budget targets, providing $48.2 million for the education committee to spend. Within minutes of the press conference announcing the targets, the Senate Education Finance Committee walked through their omnibus education bill and their target had grown to $110.5 million. The Senate followed the lead of the House and captured an additional $52.2 million, using the same early repayment of maximum effort loans mechanism.SenateEdBill4-14-2016

In the Senate omnibus education bill, early education was their highest priority. Their proposal is identical to the one proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton — and after that there are a lot of programs funded through grants and one-time spending.

Here are highlights from the Senate’s budget:

Early Education ($26.45 million)
• $24.4 million for an ongoing, voluntary, mixed delivery pre-Kindergarten program
• $1 million for Help Me Grow Program
• $750,000 increase for Parent-Child Home Grant
• $300,000 for A Chance to Grow

Equity Funding ($19.16 million)
• $168,000 in FY 2018 and FY19 to expand the metro equity region
• $9 million to eliminate the Q Comp cap
• $10 million for Teacher Development and Evaluation — one-time only and for non-Q Comp districts

Special Programs ($17 million)
• $2.5 million increase in FY 2016-17 and $5 million in FY 2018-19 for concurrent enrollment
• $2.2 million in FY 2017 for Full Service Community Schools
• $10.155 million Generation Connect Aid ($10 per student)
• $500,000 for After School Community Learning Grants
• $350,000 museums and education centers
• $200,000 water conservation grants
• $300,000 Singing Based Pilot Program
• $350,000 Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative
• $250,000 Minnesota Council on Economic Education
• $200,000 homeless children supports

Student Support ($13.1 million)
• $13.1 million for Support Our Students — a matching-grant program for school support staff

Teacher Shortage ($8.64 million)
• $3 million increase in FY 2016-17 for Reading Corps
• $2.25 million in FY 2017 for Paraprofessional Pathway to Licensure or “Grow Your Own” program.
• $2 million in FY 2017 and built into the base for student teachers in shortage areas
• $1 million in FY 2017 for Indian Teacher Preparation Grants
• $80,000 for Statewide Educator Job Board
• $310,000 Collaborative Urban Educator

Teacher Development ($5.14 million)
• $1.493 million in FY 2017 and $1.659 million in FY 2018 and FY 2019 for Intermediate District Staff Development Aid
• $2.75 million for Positive Behavior Intervention System
• $150,000 for Excellence in Teaching Grants
• $250,000 Ag Educator Grants
• $500,000 restrictive procedures Implementation

Administrative ($4,327,000)
• $775,000 in FY 2017 and $700,000 for 2018-19 for MDE operating increase
• $2.75 million in FY 2017 for MDE IT Enhancements and Security
• $250,000 for two dyslexia specialists MDE
• $250,000 increase for the Board of Teaching
• $302,000 in FY 2017 and $100K for FY 2018-19 to the Board of Teaching for Certificates of Advanced Professional Studies

The committee will mark up the bill with amendments and take action on it Thursday.



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