St. Paul Think Tank Releases Report on Minnesota School Spending

Updated: 08/28/2014 10:40 PM
Created: 08/28/2014 4:43 PM

A progressive St. Paul-based think tank is calling for changes in spending priorities for Minnesota schools.

Minnesota 2020 released a report Thursday looking at school spending statewide for the last 10 years. They said there has been a significant drop in spending on "enriching courses," which they defined as anything other than math, science and English.

The group also said that at one point Duluth saw a 60 percent cut in support services.

Bernie Burnham, media specialist for Laura MacArthur Elementary School and president of the Duluth Federation of Teachers, said she believes it's time to shift the focus away from testing.

"Art, music, phy ed," she said. "Those are things that support the whole child and that are important to a child's education. It's not just about testing every day, it's about the things that we need to make them well rounded and move them forward as they go through their education."

Minnesota 2020 Education Fellow Michael Diedrich said Duluth, along with the rest of the state, has been rebuilding its support services. The full report is available online.

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