Legislative platform for 2017
It is the primary mission of the Anoka-Hennepin School District to effectively educate each student for success. The Anoka-Hennepin School District serves 38,016 students and 235,680 residents living in 13 suburban communities spread across 172 square miles north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Anoka-Hennepin operates 24 elementary schools, six middle schools (grades six through eight), and five high schools, plus alternative middle and high school sites. The student composition profile is non-white students 26.2 percent, English Language Learners six percent, students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch status 33.4 percent and students receiving special education services 15.1 percent. Anoka-Hennepin Schools serves 518 (1.4 percent) students identified as homeless.
Basic education funding firstInvest in the General Education Formula or reduced the Special Education Cross Subsidy. School districts are losing ground to the increasing costs of education and special education. State aid increases have not kept pace with the cost of service. The continued underfunding of these areas is reducing educational opportunities for all students. We recommend an increase of three percent to the education formula.
A compensatory revenue solutionWe are seeking a permanent correction of the funding formula to address the temporary patch the the legislature has utilized for several years. We are advocating for a solution that would hold current recipients harmless. This bill was introduced in 2016 as House File (H.F.) 2433 and would have an estimated biennial cost of $36 million.