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.

Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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