The Minnesota House Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party on Monday released its education budget bill with provisions that supporters say will help students recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The House DFL previously announced that its $52.5 billion budget would include $722 million in new K-12 education spending. Legislators must pass a two-year budget before the session ends in mid-May, or they’ll have to return to the Capitol over the summer.
Here are some measures included in the House DFL’s 222-page education budget.
- Increase the general funding formula by 2%. This is the standard bundle of money that goes to every school district according to a complicated funding formula.
- Ban Native American mascots in schools, but allowing the Tribal Nations Education Committee and Indian Affairs Council to grant exemptions.
- Prohibit schools from suspending or expelling students in preschool through third grade.
- Prohibit school staff and police officers who work in schools from using prone restraint — where a person being restrained is ace-down, on their chest — or any physical restraint that restricts a student’s ability to breathe or communicate.
- Require that students learn about Native history and culture in social studies.
- Create a working group to study the effects of distance and hybrid learning on students.
- Fund provisions of the Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers Act, including grants for programs that recruit and train high school students and prospective teachers.