Legislative Priorities

The Minnesota Legislature and Governor are constitutionally obligated to provide the foundation resources so all children succeed. If they do not, students lose the educational opportunities that they need and deserve.

Our Legislative Platform

All communities value their local schools and must have equal access to affordable levy revenue so their students can have the same educational opportunities seen in high-property wealth school districts. SEE’s top legislative priority is a comprehensive school levy relief and reform package.

  • Make education-related levies fairer by providing property tax relief for taxpayers in low-property wealth districts to reduce the cost of school levies.
  • Stabilize classroom funding by indexing the critical basic formula funding to inflation, allowing school boards to renew existing referendum, and provide resources for districts denied adequate federal Covid relief aid.
  • Even out long-term maintenance funding so all districts can maintain their school buildings without shifting funds from student educational opportunities.

What is Fair?

Districts rely on school levies to make up for inadequate state funding.

  • The state is spending $1,600 per pupil less on today’s students than the children in the classrooms in the early 1990s due to the inflationary erosion of the basic formula.
  • The average unfunded cost of providing mandated special education funding is over $800 per pupil.
  • Other funding streams for English language learners, transportation, and children living in poverty have stagnated.

SEE Leads on School Levy Property Tax Bill

In the next legislative session, education advocates can rally around the comprehensive SEE school levy tax relief and reform bill to eliminate the glaring inequities in educational opportunities based merely on where a student lives.

Overcoming Inadequate State Funding?

Voter-approved referendums among districts range from over $2,500 per pupil to $0.