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Published September 01, 2011, 07:00 PM

Minnesota superintendents say Minnesota education lacks funding

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A new study shows Minnesota school Superintendents don't believe education funding is heading in the right direction.

A new study shows Minnesota school Superintendents don't believe education funding is heading in the right direction. The Minnesota 20/20 survey shows 93% of the 350 superintendents surveyed say the current education funding model isn't working. They say school districts have to rely too often on local tax payer, and funding from the state has not kept up with inflation.

Joe Sheeran – Minnesota 20/20: “If your going to make an investment in the state, we shouldn't have to rely on local property tax payers ability to pay to educate our students, all our students no matter where they are in the state.”

The Moorhead school district is concerned about its long term operating plans, as money continues to become scarce in the state, and they're not alone.

District leaders here in Moorhead say even after passing an operating levy last year it will be facing a deficit in 2015. A scary situation they say that many districts are facing. The district says, long term it’s facing some real challenges when the $5 million levee runs out. Also as our population grows older the likelihood it will get a yes vote on any future levies gets slimmer.

Wayne Kazmierczak – Moorhead Assistant Superintendent: "If you look at the demographic studies that are out there, its going to get increasingly difficult for school districts to pass elections. So that's frightening."

The Moorhead school districts is not alone. According to the Minnesota school boards association, 133 boards are expected to ask for an operating levy this year, the highest number it’s recorded in 10 years. So Moorhead, like other districts, is asking the state for fair and increased funding.

Wayne Kazmierczak: "Things are going to continue to get tighter, tighter and tighter, even with additional revenue. So we’re thankful our local tax payers did step up and provide some stability for us in the short term."

Last year 90% of Minnesota school districts had some form of operating Levy.

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