2015 Legislative Session
Mesabi East Superintendent
February 2, 2015
The 2015 legislative session is in full motion. The Governor proposes to invest $345 million in education. Some of the Governor’s highlights include the following:
- · Increase Per Pupil Funding. The per pupil formula increase would add $58 to the formula in 2016 and $59 to the formula in 2017. The total per pupil formula would be $5,889 in 2016 and $5,948 in 2017. (This would be about $60,000 new money each year for Mesabi East.)
- · Early Childhood. Students attending full-day programs would be counted as a 0.5 student on the per pupil formula. (Mesabi East has a full day program for 4 year olds that is supported by parent fees. The per pupil funding would help fund the program so the parent fees would be much less or the program might be free to all students.)
- · Reading by 3rd grade. The Governor plans to support Reading Corp. to serve an additional 14,000 students. (The Reading Corp. program provides reading tutors to schools to help students. Mesabi East currently has this program and plans to continue using it.)
- · Achievement Gap Reduction. The Governor plans to put a large amount of funding into several programs the focus on the State’s poorest students. The programs would support English learners, American Indian students and provide free school breakfast for all pre-K to grade 3 students.
- · Regional Centers of Excellence. The Governor plans to provide more regional support for school districts by having regional centers so school districts can access staff development and curriculum improvement.
Public education is a priority for Governor Dayton. I hope education is a priority for the House and Senate.