ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nearly 130 districts around Minnesota are seeking a levy referendum this fall, the highest number in more than a decade, according to the Minnesota School Boards Association.
Most will be up for a vote in November but some districts like Brooklyn Center voted on Tuesday. Brooklyn Center stated on their website that the district needs the levy for essential services, textbooks and maintaining class sizes.
State funding for K-12 education has increased slightly in the last eight years by 11.4 percent, according to Michael Howard, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Education. But, in an email, Howard wrote that "the rate of inflation has been more than twice the rate at which education funding has grown."
That's where districts turn to their community to fill in the gap. The average levy referendum last year asked for roughly $926 per student. Last November, 76 schools districts had referendums. Only 41 districts were able to pass their referendums.
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