For Immediate Release: February 14, 2013
Contact: Keith Hovis, 651-582-8275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Cassellius Statement on Introduction of Governor Dayton’s Education Budget in Senate and House
ROSEVILLE - Today, Governor Dayton’s education budget bill will be introduced in the House and the Senate. Authored by Senate and House education chairs Senator Chuck Wiger and Representative Paul Marquart; the bill calls for $344 million in new investments for preschool through grade 12.
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius released the following statement regarding the introduction of both bills:
“I want to thank Senator Wiger and Representative Marquart for carrying these bills, and for their leadership to work with Governor Dayton to forge a world-class education system Minnesota can be proud of.
In his budget proposal, Governor Dayton put forward a comprehensive vision for PK-20, targeting investments aimed at ensuring every student is successful. With better and fairer funding for special education, English language learners, early education and all-day Kindergarten, we can create an education system that opens opportunities for every to thrive and succeed."
Adoption of Governor Dayton’s education proposal would invest $344 Million for education, increasing funding by an average of $72 per student in FY2014 and an average $339 increase per student in FY2015. His proposal would also invest:
· $125 Million for special education reform, providing needed funding and greater funding equity for schools.
· $118 Million Increase on the Formula, providing $52 in new money for every student in the state.
· $44 Million for Early Childhood Education Scholarships, helping 10,000 more children attend high quality child care and preschool.
· $40 Million for All Day Kindergarten, helping Minnesota school districts provide optional All-Day K to students free of charge.
· $10 Million for Teacher Evaluation, providing essential funds to begin a new teacher evaluation system that supports teachers and will result in better student achievement.
· $8.9 Million for English Language Learning, extending funding for ELL from 5 to 7 years to help develop language skills for full participation in the classroom.
· $9 Million in savings through forecast and accounting efficiencies.
· $4.5 Million for Regional Centers of Excellence, establishing six new Regional Centers of Excellence to help the state’s most struggling schools, with a focus on Greater Minnesota.
· $1.8 Million for Paperwork Reduction, permanently reducing special education paperwork and giving teachers more time in the classroom and less time filling out forms.
· $1 Million for School Bullying Prevention, establishing a School Climate Center to provide guidance, training, and support to schools to create safer environments for students to learn.