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Learn More About SPPS School Funding Request on Nov. 6 Ballot

Referendum Info Session

Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on October 4, 2018

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) 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.

Superintendent Joe Gothard will provide an overview on the referendum request that goes before voters on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The request would increase the SPPS operating levy. Operating levies provide essential funding for classrooms, instruction and other school operating costs.

As in many school districts in Minnesota, funding is not keeping up with the costs of meeting the educational needs of SPPS students. As a result, the District has cut more than $50 million in the past three years – and approved cuts of $17.2 million for the 2018-19 school year. Had state funding kept pace with inflation over the past 15 years, SPPS would have nearly $620 more per student to spend on education programs and staff.

If voters approve the request, SPPS will be able to invest more in schools and student needs at all grade levels, while implementing its community-supported strategic plan to increase student achievement. If the levy increase is not approved by voters, SPPS will face continued multimillion-dollar budget cuts, resulting in cuts to educational programs and staff who work with students.

Additional ways to learn more about the levy request:

Visit: spps.org/referendum2018

Call: 651-767-8157

Email: referendum@spps.org