State starts school shift payments
Independent School Districts 192 (Farmington Public Schools) and 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools) recently received funds previously borrowed by the state due to higher than anticipated revenues in the November budget forecast. Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) was glad the school districts were paid pack a portion of the funds still owed to them and is looking forward to working on the rest of the payments.
Over the past several legislative sessions, $2.4 billion has been borrowed from Minnesota school districts to balance the budget. Senator Clausen, a former ISD 196 principal and employee, strongly opposed borrowing from school districts and has pledged to reverse this trend. “The legislature’s policy of borrowing from school districts across the state has caused problems for administrators, teachers, and students. It’s unsustainable and it needs to stop,” Clausen stated.
Due to the incoming revenue, $40.7 million has been paid back to ISD 196 and $10 million to ISD 192. Senator Clausen said, “The legislature still owes school districts across the state $1.1 billion. I look forward to working with the governor and my new colleagues in the legislature to continue to pay back the school shift.”
If you would like to contact Senator Clausen, he can be reached at 651-296-4120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.