Another drop in public school enrollment for the 2021-22 school year, although not as much as the year before, and an increase in private school enrollment — both spotlighting the debate at the legislature over education funding.
Democratic Governor Tim Walz wants a two-percent increase on the general funding formula, which all school districts would receive. Senate Republicans are pushing Education Savings Accounts, which Democratic opponents label as another version of school vouchers. Republicans respond parents should be able to send their children where they believe they can get the best education. If Monday’s economic forecast shows an even larger budget surplus, this debate will heat up still further.