July 02--Part of nearly $2 million coming to the district
The Fergus Falls Public School District will receive an additional $123,916 in new funding this school year after $54 million in new education funding made it through the 2014 legislative session, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Education.
This new funding is for increased student aid, early learning programs, nutritious breakfast and lunches and other measures. These new funds will benefit Fergus Falls' more than 2,500 students, as well as the more than 840,000 students across Minnesota.
"These new investments are critical for our students to be successful," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. "With smart investments in the things that matter, we will be able to tackle our achievement gaps more effectively, help more kids get a great start in their academic career and better support every student on his or her path to high school graduation and beyond."
Statewide, $660 million was invested in education from early learning to grade 12 over the last two years. Fergus Falls Public Schools will receive $1.88 million in new school funding as a result of the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions. Those new funds are ongoing increases.
The state also paid back the $2.8 billion previously borrowed from schools, also known as the school shift.
"Over the last two years, we have paid back all the $2.8 billion previously borrowed from our schools, funded 9,000 early learning scholarships, provided access to free full-day kindergarten for every student, and significantly increased funding for every school district in Minnesota," Governor Mark Dayton said. "These investments will greatly improve our nation-leading education system, and help provide our students the advantages and opportunities they need to succeed in school, life, and the jobs of tomorrow."
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