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Budget has $126 million more for K-12 – February 8, 2019

Governor Janet Mills has released her proposed biennial budget for the next two fiscal years, adding $126 million into education – $41 million in 2019-2020 and $85 million in 2020-2021.

The increased General Purpose Aid will pay for expanded prekindergarten, make good on a commitment to raise starting teacher salaries to $40,000, and cover $18.5 million in costs in Child Development Services.

In the first year of the biennium, the increased funding raises state share to 50.7 percent of the cost of education as defined by Essential Programs and Services – up roughly 1 percent from the current state share.

In announcing her budget, Gov. Mills said:

“This budget makes a $126 million investment in K-12 education over the biennium. Local property taxpayers have unfairly borne a higher share of the cost for public education in recent years.”

“This budget invests in recruitment and retention so that teachers in Maine will not be forced to leave the state for a living wage.”

Funds for raising teacher salaries will be distributed to schools in the second year of the biennium.

The Department of Education is hoping to have the ED-279 spreadsheets showing the distribution of GPA for 2019-2020 out to districts by next Friday.

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