STMA is ranked 329 out of 330 in per-pupil revenue among school districts in MN. ALMOST DEAD LAST. Article XIII of the MN Constitution clearly states "it is the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniformsystem of public schools." Yet, STMA receives $7796 per pupil compared to the state average of $9037---that is $1241 LESS per pupil. That means FEWER opportunities for our students---less art, fewer advanced classes, less music, fewer world languages, etc. That is not uniform nor is it fair.
STMA has worked hard to increase student achievement and offer exceptional educational opportunities to help students develop their full potential and build character. In order for us to maintain this investment in our students, we need to find a way of funding public schools that create greater equity for all students regardless of their zipcode. ALL students deserve support and opportunities for students should not be determined by where their parents choose to live.
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Thanks, in advance, for your advocacy and support of STMA Schools!