education finance committee

Senator Bonnie Westlin Ushers Bill to Increase Funding for Schools Via Local Levy Adjustment through Education Finance Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, the Education Finance Committee heard testimony on a bill to increase flexibility for school boards to raise necessary revenue for their schools and make funding options fairer for school districts in low property-wealth areas (SF 866). Chief author Senator Bonnie Westlin (DFL-Plymouth) testified in support of the bill alongside superintendents from Greater Minnesota and Metro schools and a high school student.

Joint Senate Hearing Outlines Importance of Prioritizing Early Childhood Issues in 2023 Legislative Session

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Senate Education Finance and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a joint hearing Thursday on early childhood issues in Minnesota, featuring testimony and presentations from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. The hearing illustrated the need for a robust investment in early childhood needs in 2023 according to Health and Human Services Chair Melissa Wiklund.