Tuesday Talk: What education funding goals will move Minnesota forward?
Minnesota’s Education Finance Working Group is in the process of trying to fix the state’s broken school funding formula which suffers in part from severe, on-going disinvestment. Inflation-adjusted state education funding has declined 13 percent since 2003, resulting in an overreliance on property taxes that now comprises 20 percent of total education funding, up 8 percent in a decade. This regressive, unsustainable reliance on property taxes will create statewide education disparities.
Why do lawmakers protect the top two percent of income earners at the expense of education, especially when the middle-class are willing to raise their own taxes to adequately fund schools?
What education funding goals will move Minnesota forward?