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Minnesota Senate releases education budget proposal

By: - April 6, 2021 1:15 pm

The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as the sun sets on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Photo by Tony Webster.

The GOP-led Minnesota Senate Education Committee reviewed on Tuesday its budget bill that includes measures ranging from student discipline to school lunch debt.

The bill includes roughly $300 million in new education spending over the next two years, but no increase to the general education funding formula, which is the biggest piece of district funding.

The Minnesota House Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party released its education budget bill Monday, which includes $722 million in new spending and a 2% increase to the funding formula. 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 Senate’s 136-page education bill.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.