Education spending was prioritized in Gov. Tim Walz’s Budget for One Minnesota unveiled today.
In total, Gov. Walz’s state budget proposal represents an investment of $733 million in additional pre-K through grade 12 education funding over the next two years, and $158 million in funding to support Minnesota’s higher education system, including $62 million in grants to students.
The governor’s budget will increase the general education basic formula by 3 percent in the first year of the biennium, and 2 percent in the second — or $189 per student in fiscal year 2020 and an additional $130 in fiscal year 2021, for a total new investment of $523 million.
“MSBA is very appreciative of Gov. Walz’s E-12 budget proposal, which includes significant investments in our public school students,” said MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind. “The investments in the general education funding formula, special education and student safety are all significant priorities for our school districts statewide. We are also pleased the governor’s budget addresses our state’s teacher shortage, particularly for teachers of color. We look forward to working with Gov. Walz and legislative leadership as the budget makes its way to the finish line.”
The governor’s budget also includes:
- A $77 million investment in special education to stop schools’ cross-subsidy gaps from growing.
- $59 million to keep voluntary preschool programs operational.
- $26 million to address school safety.
- $8 million for full-service community schools.
- $8 million for new and existing programs to recruit quality teachers of color.