Levies Taxes and Bonds, OH MY – Making Sense of Public Education Funding

The Hopkins Public Schools Legislative Action Coalition (LAC) is co-hosting a workshop to help the community understand how school districts are funded on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
September 15, 2017

The Hopkins Public Schools Legislative Action Coalition (LAC) is co-hosting a workshop to help the community understand how school districts are funded. The workshop, Levies Taxes and Bonds, OH MY – Making Sense of Public Education Funding!, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. at the Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins.

Guest speaker Tom Melcher will delve into the budget challenges school districts face and explain the impact inflation has on the state's education coffers. Twenty metro-area school districts are going out for referendums this fall. The workshop is designed to help the public understand the different funding sources schools depend on to deliver a high-quality education to students.

Melcher is the leading expert on public education funding. As director of the program finance division at the Minnesota Department of Education, Melcher has 27 years of experience implementing the state's preK-12 education finance program.

The workshop is free and open to parents, teachers, community members and anyone else who is hoping to understand the puzzle of public school funding. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The workshop is sponsored by the following LACs: Hopkins Public Schools, Robbinsdale Area Schools, Wayzata Public Schools and Orono Public Schools. For additional information, contact Catherine Callahan at lac@hopkinsschools.org or 612-597-2388.

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