ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Governor Tim Walz said yesterday the education budget he worked on with lawmakers to provide funding to Minnesota schools is much appreciated by local school officials across the state.

The agreement gives Minnesota school district an additional 2 percent in per pupil aide in both years of the budget, and provides additional funding for special ed. He says the agreement gives local officials some certainty.

“This gives them the stability they needed,” said Walz. “It stabilized the cross-subsidy as the commissioner said, which was critical about not drawing down general ed funds from them and it gave them a lot of flexibility with the 2 and 2 going into the formula.”

For Marshall, the extra money means an additional $2,128,316 in education funding over the two year budget including $1,201,390 in general education funding another $192,468 in special education and it continues to fun 72 VPK spots.

Walz adds the reason education funding is the largest portion of the state’s budget is because the future of Minnesota depends on a quality education for our kids.