Schools for Equity in Education                                                                                                 

All public school children must have equal access to a high quality education regardless of where they live in Minnesota.

 Adequacy and Equity Data


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Find out specific information on your SEE district!
See a listing of SEE districts with links to additional material.


Where do you live? Comparison charts comparing cost for maximum allowed referferdum by law plus local optional revenue for each SEE district. Updated 10/9/17

Disparity Charts for SEE Districts
  Updated 9/27/17
Charts compare the cost of referendums between districts.

District Referendum Effort Data   Updated 9/27/17

Lists each district's current school levy and the annual cost to the local taxpayer for that referendum.

Revenue Disparity
The gap in funding between school districts is growing and most of the growth is due to disparities of referendum revenue between districts.
[In Dollars |  [Percentage]   Updated 11/21/17

Taxpayer Savings & Equalization Aid Percentages Charts
The Legislature made local school levies more affordable for taxpayers in low property wealth dis tricts in 2014.  The charts show how much local taxpayers saved on the district's school levy and compare the current and new percentage of a referendum dollar the state will pay for each SEE district. Updated 7/25/14
State Aid/Local Levy Ratios
These charts show how equalization aid has eroded for SEE districts since the inception of the equalization aid program in 1993.  Updated 12/6/17

Referendum Market Value (RMV) Growth
These charts show the growth of the state average and SEE districts' referendum market value along with the state equalizing factor. Since the equalizing factor has not been indexed since 1995 to reflect rising property values, taxpayers in low property wealth districts now pay two to four times more than similar taxpayers in high wealth district to generate the same amount of referendum revenue for their schools.  Updated 12/6/17

Minnesota Educational Technology Networks
   Broadband Access for K12 Schools Talking Points
   2016 Telecom Aid - Broadband for MN Schools Chart


The History of the General Education Basic Formula
The basic formula is per pupil funding that districts receive from the state. These dollars are meant to provide a basic quality education for all students. The data shows that the basic formula has eroded significantly since 1991 as state leaders have not increased the formula enough to keep up with inflation.  Updated 8/29/17
Basic Formula Chart - IPD and CPI
Basic Formula Chart - IPD
Basic Formula Chart - CPI

Basic Formula Data
NOTE:  Consumer Price Index (CPI) calculates inflation based on a basket of goods that a consumer would purchase.  Substitutions are allowed, such as swapping pears for apples based on availability and price.  The Implicit Price Deflator (IPD) is based on the cost of state and local government expenditures, which can be a more accurate measure of inflation than CPI  for labor intensive entities like education that face significant price pressures like decades-long double-digit increases for employee health insurance.   

2016-17 Revenue Rankings by District (SEE districts highlighted)
[Excel format]/[pdf format] Updated 8/8/17

General Education Revenue Comparisons for SEE Districts
Compares general education state and local aid by categories to the state average for each SEE district.  Updated 9/28/17

Special Education Cross-Subsidy for Each School District
Shows the unfunded cost to provide special education services for each school district  Updated 12/6/17

MDE Annual Report on the FY2016 Special Education Cross Subsidy, August 2017,

States Ranked According to K-12 Education Revenue and Spending per $1,000 Personal Income  Updated 11/22/17

More School Funding Information

Minnesota School Finance:  A Guide for Legislators
Minnesota House of Representatives
Fiscal Analysis Department
November 2016      

Financing Education in Minnesota 2016-17
Minnesota House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department - August  2016

More Information

The 2015 Nation's Report Card - See how Minnesota students compare nationally.

Reading Math
4th grade reading by race 4th grade math by race
8th grade reading by race 8th grade math by race

4th grade reading by income

4th grade math by income
8th grade reading by income 8th grade math by income

 Updated 11/6/15

Kids Count Data Book 
- State trends on child well-being  (June, 2017)

School Funding 101
Learn about education funding and why our schools continue to struggle financially.

Much of the data on this page is explained as SEE”s Deb Griffiths discusses education funding at an event co-hosted by the Northfield School District and the League of Women Voters. 

Click here to watch video