And that could mean districts struggling to make ends meet can skip bond referendum votes and resulting property tax hikes for Minnesotans, at least for now, Gov. Tim Walz and Commissioner of the Department of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker told reporters on Monday, June 10.
Walz, a former geography teacher, approved the $543 million E-12 education spending bill that will boost funding to Minnesota public schools by 2% next year compared to current levels and another 2% in the year after. It’s not as much of an increase as Walz wanted to provide for education, but it’s a “down payment” on what he hopes will be a longer-term investment in public schools.
“This education budget is that sort of a down payment on that education