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School Budget Allocations

How does MPS decide how much money each school receives?

How does MPS decide how much money each school receives?
Each school in Minneapolis is unique and its funding is, too. At the same time, MPS reviews the same factors for each school to determine what dollars should be allotted to that school. Here's how we determine budget allocations for each school.

1. Predictable Staffing

New school staffing model provides consistent teaching and learning experiences in every school across the city  

Predictable staffing positions for SY2020-2021 include:

  • Principals/Assistant Principals
  • Secretaries 
  • Office Assistants (middle and high schools)
  • Academic Specialists  
  • Classroom Teachers/Prep 
  • Health Service Assistants 
  • Counselors 
  • Security Monitors (middle and high schools)
  • Associate Educators 
  • Social Workers 
  • Custodians

Future Predictable Staffing Investments

  • Career and Technical Education Staff 
  • World Language Staff 
  • Staff to support Comprehensive District Design

2. Projected Enrollment

We estimate the projected number of students coming to each school based on historical data and any emerging issues. 

3. Title 1 and Compensatory Dollars

Available compensatory dollars are based on the number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches. Title I dollars also are allocated based on free and reduced lunch counts in the schools. 

4. Support for Special Education

Special Education sites are given the dollars to staff each Special Education citywide classroom with a teacher, and Special Education Assistants along with support from Social Workers.

5. English Language Learner Program Funding and Integration Funding

Fifth, English Learner dollars are given to schools based on the number of students learning English as their second or sometimes third language. The current ratio is 1 English Learner teacher to 50 students. These dollars must be used to fund teachers.

6. Integration Dollars

Integration Dollars currently go out to schools with an AVID program. Other funding is designated for other special programming, such as for magnet programs, advanced academic programs like IB or Concurrent Enrollment, special time adjustments, etc.