Why is it needed?
The state general education formula lags behind the current rate of inflation. If it had kept up with inflation costs, MPS would have received about $22 million more in general education state funding last school year. We need to do better than just the status quo.
What’s more, our students increasingly have a variety of needs. Yet for the 2016-17 school year, MPS received about $60 million less in state and federal funding for critical Special Education and English Learner services provided.
The November 6, 2018 general election ballot will have two school funding questions that would provide $30 million annually to MPS. The first question would increase the operating referendum, which provides general operating funding. The second question would create a new 'tech levy' to fund existing technology expenses, allowing those funds to otherwise be used in schools.
How much does it increase property taxes?
If both questions are successful, the estimated median Minneapolis home value of $249,000 would see an increase of about $11 monthly. Visit mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum to use a property tax calculator to see the impact on your property value.
How do I vote?
The MPS Strong Referendum questions are on the same ballot as other offices up for election this November. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov for information on early voting, polling places, and voter registration.
The Yes for Mpls Kids campaign is proudly supported by a growing and broad coalition of parents, elected officials, organizations, and community leaders.
Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59
SEIU Minnesota State Council
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
Our Revolution Twin Cities
Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs
Mayor Jacob Frey
State Representative Fue Lee
County Commissioner Marion Greene
City Council President Lisa Bender
City Council Member Alondra Cano
Park Board Superintendent Mary Merrill
Minneapolis City Council
Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins
Council Member Kevin Reich
Council Member Cam Gordon
Council Member Steve Fletcher
Council Member Phillipe Cunningham
Council Member Jeremiah Ellison
Council Member Abdi Warsame
Council Member Jeremy Schroeder
Council Member Andrew Johnson
Council Member Linea Palmisano
Sen. Scott Dibble
Sen. Kari Dziedzic
Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
Rep. Karen Clark
Rep. Jim Davnie
Rep. Raymond Dehn
Rep. Frank Hornstein
Rep. Diane Loeffler
Rep. Ilhan Omar
Rep. Jean Wagenius
Hennepin County Commissioners
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin
Minneapolis Park Board
President Brad Bourn
Vice President AK Hassan
Commissioner Jono Cowgill
Commissioner Londel French
Commissioner Chris Meyer
Commissioner Kale Severson
Minneapolis Public Schools Board
Chair Nelson Inz
Vice-Chair Siad Ali
Clerk Kim Ellison
Treasurer Jenny Arneson
Director KerryJo Felder
Director Rebecca Gagnon
Director Ira Jourdain
Director Don Samuels
Director Bob Walser
Community Leaders and Candidates
Heather Rein, Campaign Committee Co-Chair
Tom Hoch, Campaign Committee Co-Chair
Stephanie Gasca, Campaign Committee Co-Chair
Jonathan Weinhagen, Mpls Regional Chamber President & CEO
Aisha Gomez, MN House Candidate
Hodan Hassan, MN House Candidate
Jamie Long, MN House Candidate
Mohamud Noor, MN House Candidate
Angela Conley, County Commissioner Candidate
Kimberly Caprini, School Board Candidate
Sharon El-Amin, School Board Candidate
Josh Pauly, School Board Candidate
Looking for a lawn sign?
Lawn sign are available for pickup at the following locations.
Southside DFL Office
4407 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT)
(call first 612-529-9621)
67 8th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Northside DFL Office
1200 N Plymouth, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Southwest Pickup Location
Signs on front porch of home located at:
3833 York Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
If you are unable to pickup a sign, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stressing partnership, Minneapolis Public Schools chief makes ambitious pitch for district; Mpls. superintendent stresses partnership before $30M request
August 20, StarTribune
Minneapolis Public Schools will be asking voters to support a $30 million referendum in November
August 6, MinnPost
Minneapolis Schools Cut $33 Million; Planning Referendum Questions in November
June 13, KSTP
Minneapolis Public Schools passes first balanced budget in years
June 13, Kare 11
As schools struggle with costs, special education takes a toll
May 18, MPR
MPS details levy proposals
January 9, Southwest Journal