Saint Paul Public Schools is faced with inadequate state funding, increasing educational costs and continued budget cuts.
The Saint Paul Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution asking voters to consider a school funding increase on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot.
If voters approve the request, the funding would help:
Invest more in schools and student needs at all grade levels
Implement the district’s Strategic Plan to increase achievement for all students
Increase mental health and social-emotional learning support for students
Create middle schools designed to meet the academic and developmental needs of this age group and set them on a solid path for high school and beyond
Limit additional budget cuts
What is an Operating Levy?
Operating levies provide critical funds for classrooms, instruction and other school operating costs.
If voters do not approve the request, the district will face continued multimillion-dollar budget cuts, likely resulting in:
Cuts to programs that help students who struggle with basic academic skills
Cuts to staff and academic programs in all schools
Cuts to the number of administrators, classroom aides, clerical, custodial and other support staff throughout the district
Severely limiting the district’s ability to implement its new community-supported Strategic Plan
Oct. 4, 2018
Saint Paul Public Schools is hosting a referendum information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the District Administration Building, 360 S. Colborne St., Saint Paul.
Sept. 14, 2018
SPPS is hosting a referendum information session for city residents to learn more about the levy request.
Aug. 23, 2018
During its July board meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a resolution asking voters to consider a school funding increase. The referendum will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
July 17, 2018Faced with inadequate state funding, increasing educational costs and continued budget cuts, the Saint Paul Board of Education on Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution asking voters to consider a school funding increase on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot.
June 19, 2018
Over the last several years, state and federal funding has not kept pace with inflation or the increasing costs to educate our kids. This has forced Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) to make hard choices. The District has cut more than $50 million in the past three years and will cut an additional $17 million for the 2018-19 school year.
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is the second largest school district in Minnesota, but has one of the lowest voter-approved operating levies when compared to the state's ten largest districts and SPPS neighbors. These levies provide critical funding for classrooms, instruction and other operating costs.
“My plan is to do what my teachers have inspired me to do, which is to help kids who often times don’t know what they’re doing, and need as much help as they can get.”
“My favorite subject is math. I’m learning about adding and subtracting negative numbers because I’m in accelerated pre-algebra. I come from a family that does a lot of math and reading. All my brothers and sisters think reading is the easiest subject, but I think math is. You’re going to need it somewhere in life so I really like math.”
Strong public schools are directly linked to the well-being of our city and strong property values.