Dayton's Budget Plan to Greatly Impact Schools

Posted at: 01/23/2013 6:19 PM
Updated at: 01/23/2013 6:20 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- As part of his budget proposal, Governor Mark Dayton is hoping to invest more than $640 million dollars in Minnesota students.
"In addition I'm proposing new investments in education and jobs which I believe are essential to creating a better Minnesota," said Gov. Dayton.

Governor Dayton says it's part of a promise he made to Minnesota, to invest in education.

"Honestly we were pretty excited to see the proposal," said Kasson Mantorville Superintendent Mark Matuska.

He says one of the biggest benefits, an extra $52 per student in state funding.

"That additional $52 dollars allows us to combat that inflation of higher costs, it allows us to continue to provide that quality education that we've had here in the past," said Matuska.

Beside the $118 million in school funding Dayton also proposes $125 million for special education and $40 million for all day kindergarten.

Then there's higher education.  

"80 percent of our students are receiving some sort of financial aid," said Dave Weber.

Weber of RCTC, says the governor's proposed $80 million in funding for financial aid will help a majority of RCTC students.

Along with the $80 million in financial aid, Dayton is also proposing $80 million for MnSCU and another $80 million for the University of Minnesota.

"Higher education goes hand in hand with strengthening our economy you need a skilled workforce," said Weber.

But some educators, like Matuska, are trying not to get their hopes up.

"It is just a proposal, there is an awful lot that needs to be done by the legislature," said Matuska.

Governor Dayton says investing in education in a must.

"Some people say we cannot afford to make these additional investments to improve out public education, I say we cannot afford to not make them"

In Governor Dayton’s education investments there is also $1 million dollars towards bullying prevention, as well as $1 million for emergency preps for schools.