April 7, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
"There are few districts in the state that are more negatively affected by the inequities in education funding than North Branch Area Public Schools," said Superintendent Deb Henton. "We are very fortunate to have Mr. McDonough's strong voice at the table during this process."
As a starting point for discussion, the Minnesota Department of Education has developed a preliminary set of funding reform proposals for the Working Group to review, based on recent education funding reform work by other task forces. Proposals include investing in early learning, lessening reliance on local referenda, rolling integration funding into the general education program, reforming the calculation of compensatory education revenue, simplifying education funding, re-establishing a uniform levy to support the general education formulas, allocating a portion of general education revenue to schools with outstanding levels of growth in student performance, and equitably sharing excess special education costs.
"I am humbled and honored to have been selected to participate in this very significant conversation. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring the NBAPS perspective to the table," said McDonough. "The potential to impact funding reform that could alter the pattern of continued, significant budget cuts in our district has me optimistic for a brighter future for our students."