DFL lawmakers made good on a lot of their promises coming off their big electoral victory in 2012. Arguably none bigger than funding for K-12 education.
Along with higher per pupil funding, the state will now pay for all-day kindergarten.
K-12 Education had its best legislative session in a long, long time this year... gaining several additional sources of funding, getting increases in others, and more importantly, no cuts like in the past.
Mankato Area Schools Superintendent Sheri Allen says, "We're very pleased with the fact that our conversations around education that really was a strong voice at this legislative session."
While there was a lot of talk about the need for all-day kindergarten funding from the state, most schools already offer it, including all the schools we contacted in our area.
Mankato's share of that funding is $1.3 million, though it will be slightly offset by changes to high school student funding.
Those increases aren't enough for administrators to feel comfortable about their long-term financial situation.
Allen says, "We'll wait for the details of the legislative session to find out exactly how this impacts us for our general dollars and what we need to do to provide the programs we have.
We also are growing, so coupled with that, with the growing numbers we have we know that we're going to have facility needs and pieces to go with that."