Government Funding Gap

There is an increasing burden being placed on local communities to fill the government funding gap.

  • Healthcare has increased from 21% of the State budget in 1990 to over 30% today and is expected to continue taking a larger share
  • Federal and State law mandates services public schools must provide, but does not provide adequate funding for those services
  • $29 million, or approximately $1,000 per student, comes out of the District 196 general operating fund to fill the special education funding gap
  • The special education cross-subsidy for the State of MN is $820 per student
  • The Actual Cost to Educate (“ACE”) each student is ~$9,335 and Woodland receives ~$9,054/student from government funding
  • Woodland receives ~$720/student less in government funding than the median District 196 Elementary School
    • Woodland receives less Compensatory Revenue, which is determined by the number of students qualifying for free-and-reduced-price lunch and English Learner programs (see FAQs)
  • Woodland’s government funding has declined by $484/student the past two years