To the Editor:
This will be a better year for our area school budgets, thanks to several good bills passed by the DFL Legislature. Those DFL bills put more state money into our schools, so our property taxes won’t have to increase.
What was in those bills?
A $485 million increase in school funding. That added $238 million to their school funding formula or $158 per student over the next two years.
Payback of the remaining $854 million previously borrowed from our schools.
$134 million for all-day kindergarten.
$40 million for early childhood education scholarships to help more children attend high quality childcare and preschool.
$20 million for the Student Achievement Levy which equalizes education funding across the state.
$250 million to freeze college tuition and reduce student debt.
Ron Kresha voted against every one of those bills.
Here’s wishing our students and school staff a great year. Thanks to the DFL, not Ron Kresha. — Carol Valesano, Little Falls