St. PAUL, Minn. – On Monday, May 18, 2015, the House passed a bipartisan, student-focused Education Omnibus Bill that increases E-12 funding by $400 million. Authored by Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), the bill spends in total $17.12 billion for Fiscal Years 2016-17 and includes a number of policies that empower teachers and schools, prioritize early childhood learning and provide fairer funding for schools.
“Legislative leaders crafted a student-focused, bipartisan education bill that works to provide Minnesota students with a world-class education,” said Rep. Loon. “From increasing E-12 funding by a substantial $400 million to prioritizing our youngest learners with millions more for pre-k scholarships and school readiness aid, this legislation increases academic opportunities for all students and will help close the achievement gap.”
Highlights of the bill include:
The legislation is expected to be debated and passed by the DFL-led Senate and sent to Governor Dayton for signature.