Rural School Funding News: Minnesota Districts Seeking Local Funding

Last Updated: November 06, 2008

This article appeared in the November 2008 Rural Policy Matters.

More than 40 Minnesota districts, most of them small and rural, had school funding questions on the ballots this month. Declining enrollments and shrinking state funding have left districts scrambling to resolve budget issues.

Many have responded by eliminating teaching positions, shortening the school week, or cutting funding for athletics. Across the state districts are seeking operating levies for expenses such as staff salaries and heating and bond levies for facilities and other capital projects.

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