Is it true that state funding for education has increased 24% since 2008?
  • No. State funding has increased over the past decade, but not by nearly that much, and not as much as the rate of inflation. Actual state funding provided to schools has gone up 14% since 2008. Over that same period of time, inflation increased by 24%.

    State funding for education is complicated, changing frequently based on the actions of the Legislature.  In 2014, the Legislature changed how they calculate numbers of enrolled students for per-pupil funding. The end result was that the formula amount appears to show a large increase (10%) in per-pupil funding between those two years, but the actual total funding provided to schools was only increased by 2%.

    Source: Schools for Equity in Education and Minnesota Department of Education.

    If you would like to take the time to learn more about school funding and how it’s changed over the years, check out these resources below:

    Schools for Equity in Education: www.schoolsforequity.org

    Minnesota school finance information: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/schfin/