Gov. Mark Dayton released his supplemental state budget this morning. Gov. Dayton’s spending plans are fiscally responsible — and perhaps still a bit cautious — due to the revised February forecast reduction of $300 million.
See http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/index.jsp#/detail/appId/1/id/190884 to access a press release, detailed summaries and fact sheets regarding Gov. Dayton’s supplemental budget.
MSBA is pleased to see some of its 2016 Legislative Priorities represented in the supplemental budget. Below are a few highlights (items in bold represent MSBA priorities):
Gov. Dayton’s proposal would provide funding for Minnesota’s 4-year olds to attend voluntary prekindergarten programs with a capped-funding level. A couple of the details surrounding this program include: participating school districts would need to provide at least 350 hours of instruction each school year and funding is capped at 0.6 average daily membership (ADM). Funding is awarded based on poverty rates and a lack of three-star and four-star Parent Aware ratings.
Proposed funding of more than $12 million to recruit and train teachers by lowering tuition, funding recruitment activities for shortage areas, pathways for paraprofessionals and others to pursue teacher licensure.
Teacher Development and Evaluation (TDE)
$10 million in proposed funding for schools not currently participating in the alternative teacher pay system to facilitate the implementation of teacher development and evaluation.
“Help Me Grow”
$1 million would aid in connecting children and families to resources.
Full Service Community Schools
$2 million would be available to allow schools to partner with community agencies.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
$2.75 million would allow school districts to train and support PBIS strategies in schools.
Restrictive Procedures Workgroup
To reduce restrictive procedures in school settings, school districts are proposed to receive $1 million.
Metro Deaf Charter School is proposed to receive $69,000.
Funding for the general education development (GED) testing fees in the amount of $120,000.
Online Individual Education Program (IEP)
The online IEP program is proposed to receive $2 million in fiscal year 2017 to build an online system for IEP plans.
The Minnesota Department of Education is proposed to receive more than $4.38 million make technology improvements.
Early Learning Facilities
$5 million is proposed to provide facilities for early education.
Gov. Dayton proposes $100 million to jumpstart the expansion efforts for statewide broadband.