Minnesota Department of Education measures funding gap between highest and lowest revenue districts

Minnesota Department of Education measures funding gap between highest and lowest revenue districts

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently released its annual General Education Revenue Disparity Report (as required by M.S. 127A.51).

The annual report estimates the general education revenue funding disparity between school districts at the highest and lowest level of funding. The report itemized the revenue by percentile and reports projected dollar gaps and ratios between the highest and lowest revenue districts.

Please see the report below (click on spreadsheet to enlarge).

GenEdRevenueDisparityReport2015

The 95th-to-5th dollar gap for 2015 is projected to be $1,209 per pupil without location equity. When location equity is included, the dollar gap grows to $1,585. The 95th-to-5th dollar gap for 2016 is projected to be $1,231 per pupil without location equity and when location equity is included there is as slight increase to $1,253.

You can see the 23-year trend on the chart below (click on chart to enlarge).GenEdRevenueDisparityReport2

The good news is that the funding gap between the 95th percentile to the 5th percentile has continually decreased since 2012. The funding gap is projected to be 18.4 percent in 2016 — compared to 37 percent in 1992 and 30 percent in 2012.

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