School Finance Working Group

Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker convened the School Finance Working Group in September 2019 with a broad membership that includes Minnesotans who work in schools every day and ensures all perspectives are represented.

The group’s work will address education-funding issues facing the state. The School Finance Working Group will review key funding streams, identify options for school finance reform, and seek consensus on recommendations for systemic change that will:
  • Improve the adequacy and stability of pre-K through grade 12 education funding
  • Prioritize equity
  • Simplify education funding
  • Preserve local control
  • Close the achievement gap
  • Promote high achievement for all students
  • Direct resources to high-quality teaching and learning

Meeting Schedule

School Financing Working Group Meeting Schedule May - September 2020

School Financing Working Group Meeting Schedule 2019-2020


  • Update on Development of Options to Address School Finance Pressure Points 6-18-20 - 7/8/20
  • Transportation - Bemidji Schools Presentation 6-18-20 - 7/8/20
  • Transportation - Forest Lake Area Schools presentation 6-18-20 - 7/8/20
  • School Finance Working Group Presentation 6-4-20 - 6/17/20
  • School Finance Working Group Presentation 4-23-2020 - 5/18/20
  •  - 5/14/20
  • School Finance Working Group Agenda 2-20-2020 - 2/19/20
  • November Cost of Minnesota Government Report - School Portion - 1/23/20
  •  - 1/23/20
  •  - 1/23/20
  •  - 1/16/20
  •  - 1/9/20
  •  - 12/11/19
    Presented by the SFWG at their Nov. 21, 2019 meeting.
  •  - 12/11/19
  •  - 12/11/19
  •  - 12/11/19
  •  - 10/29/19
  •  - 10/29/19
  •  - 10/29/19
  • School Finance Overview Trends and Issues PowerPoint 9-21-2019 - 10/15/19
  •  - 10/3/19
  •  - 9/24/19