Education Budget Delivers for Rochester Public Schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, May 14th, the Education Finance Conference Committee reached an agreement on inclusions for their final report. Members of the Minnesota House and Senate, including Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester), committed to significant funding for Rochester Public Schools in this year’s supplemental Education Budget.

After the adoption of these provisions, Senator Boldon released the following statement:

“This year’s Education budget builds on our transformational investments from last year. DFL-ers are making sure that Minnesota’s students have the knowledge, skills and tools to succeed wherever life may take them. I am grateful for the inclusion of Rochester Public Schools in our new Student Attendance Pilot Project, which will come with over $600,000 in funding to our district to boost attendance rates. It’s crucial for us to ensure that our students are consistently present and engaged in school, and I look forward to the project’s findings.”

“Additionally, I am proud to secure over $1.5 million in funding for Rochester Public Schools’ P-TECH program. Our local P-TECH program has been an outstanding model for how we can prepare our young Minnesotans for careers in STEM.” 

Of the $791,000 allocated annually in the state budget for P-TECH programming statewide, RPS is guaranteed the following appropriations, with opportunity to be awarded additional dollars in 2026, 2027, and onward:

  • $791,000 in fiscal year 2025
  • $500,000 in fiscal year 2026
  • $250,000 in fiscal year 2027

Senator Boldon continued:

“Our partners at RPS and I are satisfied with this deal that fully funds Rochester P-TECH well into the next biennium. It also creates the opportunity for Rochester’s excellence to become a model for new P-TECH programs around the state, with start-up grants to other schools and technical assistance grants to RPS becoming available in 2026. I am thankful to our conference committee members for the inclusion of this innovative program.”

“Next session, I plan to author a bill to increase the total pool of P-TECH funding to ensure state funding of Rochester’s existing program for years to come, while funding P-TECHs in other parts of the state as well. I look forward to continuing this work on behalf of all students, making sure our state provides them with the best opportunity to reach their full potential.”

After the Education Finance Conference Committee finalizes its report, it will await final passage in the House and Senate in the coming days.

Assistant LeaderSenate District 25
Senator Liz Boldon represents Senate District 25 which includes Rochester and Oronoco. She is vice chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Elections Committee, and Health and Human Services Committee.
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