Skip to main content

K-12 funding bill clears the House in the early hours

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Early Sunday morning, the House passed the $15.6 billion K-12 omnibus funding bill. The action came around 2 a.m., long after the Senate had adjourned, according to Politics in Minnesota, which reports that the bill would top the agenda when the Senate floor session convenes at 1:00 this afternoon.The legislation includes optional all-day kindergarten and additional investments in early childhood education. Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, who authored the bill, said it would improve literacy rates and take steps to close the racial achievement gap.

The conference committee report, which was agreed to late Friday afternoon, represents a compromise between the House and Senate on a variety of positions. The bill will increase the basic funding formula to schools by $234 million, or 3 percent, which Marquart said would break down to more than $300 in new spending per student.

As agreed upon in the conference committee, the $800-plus million worth of outstanding school shift debt would be paid down through the accumulated budget surplus. Rep. Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine, faulted the DFL for going back on a pledge to pay back the school shift. Rep. Marquart said using the surplus to pay down the shift was sufficient, saying that the state had nearly $300 million in surplus revenue over the previous three months.

The bill passed by a margin of 78-56, with five Republicans joining the DFL.

Next Up

u.s. attorney's office

St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.


Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms

The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.

State Patrol

3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday

One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 1.25.08 PM

Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days

A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.

Kelsey Peterson in the documentary, "Move Me."

Doc depicting MN dancer's journey with paralysis debuts at Twin Cities film festival

The film surrounds St. Paul-born Kelsey Peterson, who continues to pursue her passions in dance after being paralyzed from the chest down in 2012.

Milwaukee Ave

Gallery: Rare opportunity to own a home on historic Milwaukee Avenue

All the houses on the avenue front onto a pedestrian mall in south Minneapolis.

US Secretary of Defense COVID vaccine flickr

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, May 13

The next update will be provided Monday.


Minnesota part of the top 2 hurricane force wind events since 2004

Photo above shows the ominous view in Marshall, Minnesota as a dangerous line of storms approached Thursday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 9.24.48 AM

DFL efforts to pass abortion, reproductive health bills blocked in Senate

The push to pass a slate of abortion and healthcare-related bills comes after a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft indicated Roe v Wade will be overturned.


House, Senate Republicans reach deal to pay back K-12 schools

Republican lawmakers have agreed to use $430 million in the state's budget reserves to catch up on delayed payments to Minnesota schools. Gov. Dayton has voiced some worries that tapping the budget reserves could leave the state with cash flow problems.