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When Horace Mann School Families Vote November 6

When You Vote November 6 Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS)  is asking voters to consider a referendum on November 6. We have cut over $50 million dollars the last four years, $17.2 million last year alone. State funding for education has not kept pace with inflation. We are the second-largest district in the state, but we have the lowest levy compared to our neighbors and the ten largest districts. A referendum levy provides critical funding for classrooms, instruction, and other operating costs.

 

If voters approve the request, the estimated tax impact is nothing for a renter or  $11 a month for an average homeowner ($175,000 home). If voters do not approve the request, SPPS will face multimillion-dollar budget cuts. It will result in cuts to staff in all schools and at all grade levels.

 

A referendum will help SPPS:

 

  • 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 school designed to meet the academic and developmental needs and prepare them for high school and beyond
  • Limit additional budget cuts

 

You can learn more at spps.org/referendum2018, by emailing questions to referendum@spps.org, or by calling 651-767-8157.