House Passes Education Bill, Faust Comments (Audio)
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Omnibus E-12 Education Finance and Policy Bill on Tuesday night on a bipartisan vote of 83 to 50. The bill set the ambitious goal of closing the achievement gap, reaching a 100 percent high school graduation rate, 100 percent literacy by third grade, and 100 percent career and college readiness by graduation — all by 2027.
The Omnibus E-12 Education Finance and Policy Bill fully funds all-day, every day kindergarten and investing $50 million in early learning childhood scholarships. All-day K and early childhood education are proven tools to improve test scores, close the achievement gap, and prepare students for future academic success.
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.
State Rep. Tim Faust offered comments on the passage of the bill.