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Clarification: Less money for Waubun, Pelican Rapids, Mahnomen schools

Due to information that was omitted from a chart provided by the Minnesota Department of Education, the total amount of new education dollars was incorrect for several area school districts in a story in Wednesday's Tribune. The chart compared new education dollars proposed by the governor's office, the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate.

On the face of it, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth would get twice as much ($938,000) under the House plan as the $431,000 it would receive under Dayton's plan. It would receive $250,000 under the Senate plan.

But the numbers are deceptive because the House would also take away about $552,000 in PreK funding over two years, so the actual amount of new money for Waubun-Ogema under the House plan would be about $386,000.

Waubun would receive $552,000 for the PreK program under both Dayton's plan and the Senate proposal. The House proposal does not fund any preK programs.

When it comes to new dollars for education, the House plan giveth and the House plan taketh away, and that's also true for the Mahnomen School District, which on the face of it would get more ($615,000) under the House plan than the $502,000 it would receive under Dayton's plan. It would get $289,000 under the Senate plan.

Again, the House would cut $327,000 in existing PreK funding over two years, so the House plan ultimately provides just $288,000 in new money for Mahnomen Schools.

That's also true for Pelican Rapids, which would seemingly get more ($597,000) under the House plan compared to $521,000 under Dayton's plan and $314,000 under the Senate plan. But The House also takes away $419,000 in PreK funding over two years, so the actual amount of new money for Pelican Rapids under the House plan is $178,000.

Nevis is in the same boat—it would seemingly receive $501,000 in new money under the House plan, and $348,000 under Dayton's plan. It would get $218,000 under the Senate plan. But the House plan takes away $342,000 in PreK funding over two years, so the total amount of new money to Nevis under the House plan is about $159,000.

So public school districts do best under Dayton's plan. The House and Senate, on the other hand, would spend a lot more on tax cuts.