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Investments bring more to DL Schools

Thanks to $54 million in new education funding enacted by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton during the 2014 legislative session, Detroit Lakes Public Schools will receive an additional $160,339 in new funding this school year.

This new funding is for increased student aid, early learning programs, nutritious breakfast and lunches, and other important measures. These new funds will benefit Detroit Lakes’ nearly 3,000 students, as well as the more than 840,000 students across Minnesota.

“These new investments are critical for our students to be successful,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “With smart investments in the things that matter, we will be able to tackle our achievement gaps more effectively, help more kids get a great start in their academic career, and better support every student on his or her path to high school graduation and beyond.”

Statewide, $660 million was invested in education from early learning to grade 12 over the last two years. Detroit Lakes Public Schools will receive $1,962,234 in new school funding as a result of the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions.

Those new funds are ongoing increases that will continue to provide better resources for Detroit Lakes students and teachers into the future. In addition, the state paid back the $2.8 billion previously borrowed from schools, also known as the school shift.

“Over the last two years, we have paid back all the $2.8 billion previously borrowed from our schools, funded 9,000 early learning scholarships, provided access to free full-day kindergarten for every student, and significantly increased funding for every school district in Minnesota,” said Governor Dayton.

This year, $23.4 million was added to the education funding formula, benefiting every school district across Minnesota. These new resources will help pay for teachers, facility improvements, equipment, and technology to ensure all Minnesota students have access to a world-class education.