A record number of Minnesota schools asked voters for help in 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year, Minnesota voters were faced with the highest number of bond referenda questions in 30 years—68 total. There were 41 districts that held bond elections on Tuesday. According to the Minnesota School Board Association, 90.4 percent of districts requesting operating levies passed, and 62.2 percent of districts requesting bond and capital levies were successful.
In the metro, an even higher number of referendums passed in total, including Forest Lake, South Washington County Schools, Centennial Schools and several others. Chair of the Senate Education Committee Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) this signals taxpayers’ awareness and willingness to help fund public education.
“Increasingly, public school districts are having to rely on operating or capital referendums in order to provide the high quality instruction Minnesotans have come to expect from their public schools. I applaud all of the communities across the state that chose to support their districts – we need this enthusiasm and support as we work to make all school districts in the state funded equally,” said Sen. Wiger.
“I fully understand the disappointment of levy supporters who put their hearts into efforts to raise funds for local kids, but were unsuccessful — your work is still important. I believe, as do many state legislators, that funding shouldn’t be based on your zip code. This past session we made funding facilities a priority, but because of the great need for repairing infrastructure, further investment is still necessary. The quality of your school shouldn’t be determined by your location, all Minnesota kids deserve to go to school in a safe and secure environment,” said Sen. Wiger.