Governor Dayton released his proposed budget for the FY 16-17 biennium that would invest $343 million in education.

Here’s a look inside the Governor’s plan for education:

  • An increase to the general education formula by 1 percent in each year of the biennium, for a total cost of $174.4 million.
  • Providing $109 million to expand four-year old preschool across the state.
    The Governor’s plan would reimburse districts at a rate of .5 ADM for providing a full day preschool program for four year preschool These students would also generate compensatory revenue and other revenues based on ADM, including achievement and integration revenue, deferred maintenance revenue, charter school lease aid, safe schools levies, and lease levies, but not extended time revenue.
  • Provide $28 million to expand free breakfast programs to early learners through grade 3.
  • Eliminating the Head Start waiting list.
  • Targeting resources at some of rural Minnesota’s lowest performing students by expanding Success for the Future funding that’s targeted at schools serving high numbers of American Indian students. His plan would also expand the state’s Regional Centers of Excellence so that more schools receive assistance through this initiative.

View All Highlights on Budget and What’s Missing

View letter from Commissioner Cassellius to superintendents.

View fact sheet from Governor.   

Join Virtual Meeting

Get more details on what this budget will mean for Greater Minnesota education and your school Thursday, Feb. 5 during a virtual meeting hosted by MREA. We will explain the Governor’s budget plan and legislative reaction to it. Register now.

Governor Dayton’s FY16-17 Budget Review Webinar
Date: Thursday, February 5
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
Location: Online
Register now.