Thank you to my friend Rep. Eric Lucero for the following summary of the special session:
A $17.23 billion education spending plan materialized out of a special session. Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) and Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) sponsor the law, which increases spending on K-12 and early learning programs by $525 million over the next two fiscal years.
The bulk of new spending in the law – $346.31 million – is dedicated to a per-pupil formula increase of 2 percent in Fiscal Year 2016 and an additional 2 percent in Fiscal Year 2017 and later. Those additional investments bring per-pupil funding from $5,831 in 2015 to $6,067 by 2017.
The law includes more than $95 million in additional funding for several existing pre-kindergarten and early learning programs that target children from low-income families. Those pre-K initiatives receiving a boost include:
• $48.3 million increase to the Early Learning Scholarship program;
• $30.8 million increase to School Readiness program;
• $10 million increase for Head Start;
• $3.5 million increase for Parent Aware, the state’s recently developed rating system for participating early learning child care providers;
• $2.8 million increase for Early Childhood and Family Education programs; and
• $200,000 increase for a parent-child home visiting program.
Courtesy of Eric Lucero (R) 30B - Minnesota House of Representatives http://ow.ly/P3pLv