School funding joins politicians on Tuesday ballot

Voters in 78 Minnesota school districts Tuesday will decide whether to tax themselves to bolster school budgets.

If they all pass, they would bring in $82.5 million more annually.

They are called excess operating levies, but Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher pegs them as “school survival levies.” He strongly urges voters to pass them.

More than 90 percent of the state’s districts rely on such levies for some of their funding.

Dooher said the levies are needed now, but are not the long-term answer to school funding woes. He said the state needs to provide more of the funding. However, he would not say how much more money the state needs to pump into schools.

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