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Budget for a Better Minnesota: Education


Governor Mark Dayton and Cmmr Cassellius read to kids during Read Across America Day

Governor Dayton’s budget makes major investments in education. The Governor’s budget follows through on his promise to increase support for education every year he is Governor: no excuses, no exceptions. It also makes crucial investments in higher education to give our workforce the knowledge and skills to compete in a 21st Century global economy.

Investing More than $640 Million in Minnesota Students

» $240 Million for Higher Education. The Governor’s budget provides: $80 million for the State Grant Program, making college more affordable for another 5,000 students; $80 million for the University of Minnesota and $80 million for MnSCU.

» $344 Million for E-12 Education. The Governor’s budget increases E-12 funding by an average of $72 per student in FY2014 and an average $339 increase per student in FY2015 through these investments:
  • $125 Million for Special Education. The Governor’s budget invests in special education reform, providing needed funding and greater funding equity for schools.

  • $118 Million Increase on the Formula. The Governor’s budget increases investments in the school funding formula, providing $52 in new money for every student in the state.

  • $44 Million for Early Childhood Education Scholarships. The Governor’s budget provides scholarships that help 10,000 more children attend high quality child care and preschool.

  • $40 Million for All Day Kindergarten. The Governor’s budget invests $40 million to help Minnesota school districts provide optional All-Day K to students free of charge.

  • $10 Million for Teacher Evaluation. The Governor’s budget begins a new teacher evaluation system that supports teachers and will result in better student achievement.

  • $8.9 Million for English Language Learning. The Governor’s budget extends funding for ELL from 5 to 7 years to help develop language skills for full participation in the classroom.

  • $9 Million in Savings. The Governor’s budget achieves savings through forecast and accounting efficiencies.
» $4.5 Million for Regional Centers of Excellence. The Governor’s budget establishes six new Regional Centers of Excellence to help the state’s most struggling schools, with a focus on Greater Minnesota.

» $1.8 Million for Paperwork Reduction. The Governor’s budget permanently reduces special education paperwork, giving teachers more time in the classroom and less time filling out forms.

» $1 Million for School Bullying Prevention. The Governor’s budget invests in a School Climate Center to provide guidance, training, and support to schools to create safer environments for students to learn.

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Higher Education
Higher Education
Access to education is absolutely crucial for better job opportunities, higher incomes, and more fulfilling lives for Minnesotans. That is why the Governor’s budget makes a significant investment in making college more affordable and improving our state colleges and universities. [Continue Reading]
Early Childhood Education Scholarships
Early Childhood Education Scholarships
We know the most important investment our state can make is in the future of our children. That is why Governor Dayton’s budget makes a major investment in Early Childhood Education. [Continue Reading]
Minnesota State Grant Program
Minnesota State Grants Program
State financial assistance has not kept pace with rising tuition and the other increased costs of post-secondary education. That is why Governor Dayton’s budget invests $80 million in the Minnesota State Grant Program to make higher education more affordable for Minnesota students. [Continue Reading]
Investing in All Day Kindergarten
Investing in All Day Kindergarten
Parents and teachers agree that investing in our youngest learners delivers results. That’s why Governor Dayton’s budget invests more than $40 million in All-Day Kindergarten, providing access to All-Day K programs for 85% of Minnesota students. [Continue Reading]

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