Letter: Without change, more school cuts coming
In preparation for 2019-2020 budget, the Crookston Public School District had to make cuts to its budget of over $360,000. Many reasons led to the cuts, including declining enrollment, rising costs and reduced funding.
The Minnesota Legislature is now working on the state’s budget for the next two years. Early Child through 12th Grade (E-12) Education funding is one of the largest areas of state spending.
Since 2003 the Minnesota General Education Funding Formula has not kept up with the pace of inflation. This has led to a growing disparity of where school funding should be and where it really is.
In 2019 the state general education formula gives each district $6,312 per student. Adjusted for inflation, that number should be $6,930. That is a 9.8% difference.
Public education is the cornerstone of our society. We value it and must fund it properly.
I fear that if E-12 education funding continues to be underfunded, Crookston Public Schools, along with hundreds of other districts across the state, will have to make more and deeper cuts to educational programs.
Please let your legislators know that you value education and want to see it funded properly. Call, write, email, text or use social media. But let them know you want them to vote for higher school funding.
Tim Dufault is treasurer of the Crookston Public School Board.