Revenue Sources

Revenue Sources

Revenue Sources

Thank you for taking the time to learn about how Minneapolis Public Schools creates its budget each year.

Education funding is a complex process with revenues coming from multiple sources, some designated for specific uses. Education funding in urban districts becomes even more complex because of the number of students, schools and families involved. Minneapolis Public Schools has nearly 36,000 students across the city and more than 70 schools or buildings.

How does MPS get its operating dollars?

Funding comes to MPS from three different sources:

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State of Minnesota

  • General state aid – amount per pupil based on grade level
  • Categorical aid based on student characteristics such as eligibility for English Learner services or free or reduced-price meals
  • Partial reimbursement for services such as special education services

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Federal Government

  • Flows through the state
  • Largest funds for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which provides limited funds for special education services.
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Local and Other

Local taxpayers and other sources also provide funding:

  • Property taxes

  • Other sources of revenue (grants, rental income, third-party billing, investment earnings, etc.)