2019 Priorities

2019 Centennial ISD 12 Legislative Priorities


Legislation on increasing the funding formula by 3% to reflect the growing cost of doing business

• Every two years, school district leaders must anticipate what basic formula amount will become law.

• Since 2003, state funding has not kept up with inflation.

• The basic formula amount represents more than half of the total operating revenue of the District.

• Overall, each year the "cost of doing business" increases by about $1.5 million.

• A 3% increase in the basic formula amount is needed to cover both non-employee and employee costs.

Legislation on ensuring equal access to levy dollars

• The Legislature has made an effort to increase the state equalization aid amounts that help reduce property taxes for school levies, particularly in low property value districts.

• We appreciate the state's work to close the disparity gap, however, it's not enough.

• Reliance on property taxes to fund the basics furthers the disparity between property rich and property poor districts.

• All property tax levies should be fully equalized, so that it requires the same property tax effort to generate the same revenue in any district, regardless of overall property value.

Legislation on controlling districts' costs of providing special education services

  • Federal or state governments have never funded the entire cost of mandated special education services.
  • The most recent estimate by the Minnesota Department of Education shows special education is underfunded by $735 million in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • This school year, more than 1,000 Centennial students receive special services. The average cross subsidy in Minnesota school districts is equivalent to $801 per pupil and that equates to over $5 million annually for the Centennial School District.
  • The growth in the gap of the costs and funding for special education services threatens the quality of education for all students.
  • Increasing special education funding will have an equal and reciprocal impact on regular program resources, freeing up money for regular program needs.

 

Contact Information for Legislators:

 

Senator Roger Chamberlain

95 University Avenue West
Minnesota Senate Building, Room 3225
Saint Paul, MN 55155

sen.roger.chamberlain@senate.mn

651.296.1253 

Senator Jerry Newton

95 University Avenue West
Minnesota Senate Building, Room 2411
Saint Paul, MN 55155

sen.jerry.newton@senate.mn

651.296.2556 

Representative Linda Runbeck

253 State Office Building
Saint Paul, MN 55155

rep.linda.runbeck@house.mn

651.296.2907 

Representative Nolan West

377 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155

rep.nolan.west@house.mn

651.296.5489 

Sample Letter

Sample letter to legislators regarding on bills SF670 and HF618 that address the increase in property tax aid.