Sen. Wiger helps deliver more than $1 million to local school districts for early education
ST. PAUL, MINN – More than $1 million in early education funding is heading to local school districts represented by Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood). The funding was announced at a press conference Friday morning by Governor Dayton and the Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius. Several metro-area superintendents were also in attendance, including North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Public Schools Superintendent Christine Osorio.
The new money is one-time spending dedicated to early education programming. Schools who receive the funds can choose whether they want to direct the dollars to free, voluntary pre-k or School Readiness programming, which is aimed at helping low-income students. The following school districts represented by Sen. Wiger received funds. All of these districts will be using the money to fund free, voluntary pre-k which is open to everyone.
|School District:||Funding amount:||Number of students served:|
|North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Public School District||$793,533||144|
|Roseville Public School District||$154,800||20|
|White Bear Lake Public School District||$183,886||30|
“Thanks to investments in early education close to 200 young learners in our community will have access to free, high-quality pre-k programming this fall. The benefits of pre-k are astounding – and that’s why I’ve always worked hard to secure as much funding as possible – it is truly an investment in our future. Statewide, our investments over the past few years means that this fall 22,500 young learners will get a strong start to their educational careers. My only wish is that the $50 million in new money this year was permanent, and not one-time funds. As much progress as we have made – there is always more work to do until ALL Minnesota children have the same access to high-quality pre-k,” said Sen. Wiger.