Minnesota spends more than $13 billion a year on public schools and about 95 percent of it comes from state and local taxpayers.
Public schools are one of the largest pieces of the state budget — closing in on $9 billion a year and making up about 65 percent of the money schools receive. Local property taxes raise another 30 percent of public school revenue and are more than $3 billion annually.
The rest, about $650 million in 2017, the last year federal data was available, comes from Washington, D.C.
Compared with the national average, a smaller portion of Minnesota education revenue comes from the federal government and local taxpayers. State resources make up for it, covering significantly more than the 47 percent national average.
Many Minnesota school districts face budget deficits despite the biggest single spending increase in last year’s bipartisan two-year $540 million budget deal in education funding.
At least 28 school districts in the Twin Cities area say they’ll likely have to cut staff and services if the Legislature doesn’t give public schools some of the state’s projected $1.3 billion surplus.
The school systems constantly complain about a shortage of funds to educate students. They suggest that it is a money problem that is the reason for the lower test scores. If this were really the case, what are Christian and many private schools that spend less per student achieving higher test scores? Could it be that public schools spend more time indoctrinating students and less time on the subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic? What are your thoughts? Do schools have a money issue or is there something else that is causing the test scores to drop?