MN House OKs Education Finance Bill

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MN House OKs Education Finance Bill

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota House has approved an omnibus education finance bill that would fund all–day Kindergarten.

The bill discussed on the House floor Tuesday aims to provide funding for early childhood and family, pre–K through 12th grade, adult education and a number of other programs.

The bill boosts funding for schools by $550 million dollars compared to the last budget.

In addition to increased funding for kindergarten and early childhood, the bill also increases the basic funding formula for K-12 schools by four percent over the biennium, an increase of over $315 million, or $209 per pupil.

The Duluth School District will receive an additional $786,773 in funding in 2014 and $4.1 million in 2015, thanks to the new formula.

The House approved the bill in a 83-50 vote.

The Senate is expected to debate and vote on the bill later this week.

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