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Why do we need the MPS Strong Referendum?

Why do we need the MPS Strong Referendum?

An investment in our students and schools

Years of systemic underfunding, especially of vital Special Education and English Learner services have put severe stress on education budgets across Minnesota. MPS believes the time is now to stabilize funding, giving the district clarity and a structurally sound budget as it works to right-size and increase operational efficiencies. 

Current funding falls short

  • State and federal government underfund vital Special Education and English Learner services
  • Inadequate funding challenges MPS efforts to provide well-resourced, consistent, equitable programming across the district
  • Rising costs add to already limited funding, many of which are outside our control

A firm financial foundation is required to:

  • Allow investment in priority areas (literacy, equity, social and emotional learning, and student supports)
  • Maintain a fund balance that provides stability in crises
  • Ensure district growth and sustainability into the future

Adequate funding benefits MPS students, schools, and programs 

With new revenue sources, MPS will be able to continue in our most valuable community resource, our kids, by:

  • Supporting programmatic and staffing investments needed to improve student academic outcomes
  • Ensuring a consistent level of staffing, services, and programming at any Minneapolis Public School
  • Alleviating the effects of underfunding by state and federal governments
  • Building a sound financial foundation for future MPS students by achieving structural fiscal balance now

Without adequate funding, Minneapolis Public Schools will have to make tough choices

If we don't have a sustainable, structurally sound budget, MPS will have to make tough decisions, potentially impacting programming across the district. Without new revenue, MPS may

  • Be forced to make minimal and/or erratic investments in student achievement and core priorities
  • Experience inequitable and inconsistent staffing, services and programming across the district
  • Endure increased uncertainty about government underfunding
  • Suffer an unstable district financial future