Schools for Equity in Education                                                                          

All public school children must have equal access to a high quality education regardless of where they live in Minnesota.

 Adequacy and Equity Data


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See a listing of SEE districts with links to additional material.


Where do you live? Charts comparing the taxpayer cost for the maximum allowed referendum by law plus local optional revenue for each SEE district.  Updated 8/22/19

Inequities When Districts Rely on Local Property Taxes to Compensate for Inadequate Funding

The two largest financial challenges facing schools are the erosion of the per pupil basic formula revenue intended to provide the basic financial support for education and the unfunded cost of mandated special education services.  School districts rely on operating levy revenue from local taxpayers to make up for inadequate state funding with varying degrees of success.   
Comparison Charts for SEE Districts |  List of All School Districts     
Updated 9/18/19

School District Funding Disparities in Operating Revenue 
School districts want provide the mandated services special education students need to meet their full potential.  However, the full cost of these services varies greatly from one school district to the next.  District use basic formula funding from the state and can access additional revenue through levies paid by their local taxpayers to generate funding to meet the needs of all their students.  See how the unfunded cost of special education services and the ability to access local operating levies create significant funding disparities for different school districts.  Added 12/11/18

Disparity Charts for SEE Districts  Updated 8/20/19
Charts compare the taxpayer cost of operating levies between school districts.

District Referendum Effort Data   Updated 8/26/19

Lists each district's current school operating levy and the annual cost to the local taxpayer for that levy.
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Revenue Disparity
The gap in funding between school districts is gorwing and most of the growth is due to disparities in referendum revenue between districts.
[In Dollars |  [Percentage]   Updated 12/12/18   
State Aid/Local Levy Ratios
These charts show how equalization aid has eroded for SEE districts since the inception of the equalization aid program in 1993.  Updated 12/19/18

Referendum Market Value (RMV) Growth
These charts show the growth of the state average and SEE districts' referendum market value along with the state equalizing factor. Since the equalizing factor has not been indexed since 1995 to reflect rising property values, taxpayers in low property wealth districts now pay two to four times more than similar taxpayers in high wealth district to generate the same amount of referendum revenue for their schools.  Updated 12/19/18 

Minnesota Educational Technology Networks
   Broadband Access for K12 Schools Talking Points
   2016 Telecom Aid - Broadband for MN Schools Chart



The Basic Formula Has Not Kept Up With Inflation
The basic formula is per pupil funding that districts receive from the state. These dollars are meant to provide a basic quality education for all students. The data shows that the basic formula has eroded significantly since 1991 as state leaders have not increased the formula enough to keep up with inflation.
Basic Formula Chart - CPI
Basic Formula Data - CPI
Basic Formula Chart - IPD
Basic Formula Data - IPD
NOTE:  Consumer Price Index (CPI) calculates inflation based on a basket of goods that a consumer would purchase.  Substitutions are allowed, such as swapping pears for apples based on availability and price.  The Implicit Price Deflator (IPD) is based on the cost of state and local government expenditures, which can be a more accurate measure of inflation than CPI  for labor intensive entities like education that face significant price pressures like decades-long double-digit increases for employee health insurance.    Updated 9/12/19

2019-20 Revenue Rankings by District (SEE districts are highlighted)  Updated 8/8/19
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Revenue Comparisons for SEE Districts
Compares general education state and local aid by categories to the state average for each SEE district.  Updated 10/7/19

Special Education Cross-Subsidy for Each School District
Shows the unfunded cost to provide special education services for each school district  Updated 12/11/18

MDE Annual Report on the FY2016 Special Education Cross Subsidy, July 2018 

English Learners Funding by School District 
Shows that for most school districts that serve English learners (EL), the unfunded cost of services is significant.  Added 12/12/18

States Ranked According to K-12 Education Revenue and Spending per $1,000 Personal Income  Updated 11/22/17

More School Funding Information

Minnesota School Finance History:  1849 - 2018
Minnesota Department of Education - July 2018

Minnesota School Finance:  A Guide for Legislators
Minnesota House of Representatives
Fiscal Analysis Department
November 2018       

Financing Education in Minnesota 2018-19
Minnesota House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department - February 4, 2019

More Information

The 2017 Nation's Report Card - See how Minnesota students compare nationally, published every two years.

Reading Math
4th grade reading by race 4th grade math by race
8th grade reading by race 8th grade math by race

4th grade reading by income

4th grade math by income
8th grade reading by income 8th grade math by income

 Updated 08/28/18

Kids Count Data Book 
- State trends on child well-being  (June, 2017)

School Funding 101
Learn about education funding and why our schools continue to struggle financially.

Much of the data on this page is explained as SEE”s Deb Griffiths discusses education funding at an event co-hosted by the Northfield School District and the League of Women Voters. 

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