MN Schools Being Repayed 14 Dec 12

School districts around the state are being paid back half of Minnesota’s $2.4-billion in overdue state aid payments beginning today (FRI). The payments were delayed as part of the budget deal that ended the state government shutdown in 2011, but Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher says that the deal caused some tight budgets for schools in the state. He says it isn’t new money that’s being given to schools, and it won’t help schools’ decade of under-funding, but it will help districts plan more predictably. Governor Dayton has pledged not to rely on the same tactic again for the coming biennium, saying he doesn’t want to use one-time shifts or borrowing gimmicks used in the past to balance the state’s budget.