One-third of Minn. Schools Seek Levy Approval

Friday, September 30, 2011

With years of lagging state support behind them and seeing little chance of a turnaround in the future, about a third of Minnesota school districts intend to go to their taxpayers for help this fall, the Minnesota School Boards Association reported Wednesday.

"When you're in a school district and you look at how the state has been funding schools for the past 10 years, and you look forward to what to expect, it's not too good," said Greg Abbott, association spokesman.

He said 113 school districts have taken the necessary question to put an operating levy on the November ballot. Fifty-one percent of them would renew an existing levy. Some seek to both renew a levy and ask for additional money.

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