Dist. 709 Integration Funding In Question From State

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District was in limbo mode Thursday involving millions of dollars in funding from the state that supports Native American students, students of color, and specialized teachers.

The district’s Education Equity Advisory Committee met Thursday night about the latest on the issue.

In short, an updated formula at the state level that qualifies schools for integration funding now says Duluth isn’t eligible for $1.6 million a year for the next three years.

However, the district has been in contact with the Minnesota Department of Education and says they are hopeful the state will realize that the formula says one thing but doesn’t necessarily mean the right thing.

“We are pretty hopeful and [the Minnesota Dept. of Education seems] optimistic about when they are talking to us as well. We’re expecting good news [Friday] and I’d be more surprised if it’s not,” said Bill Gronseth, superintendent of Dist. 709.

The district is expected to hear an answer from the state Friday.

The integration funding is used to promote racial and economic integration while increasing student achievement and reducing academic disparities based on a student’s racial, ethnic or economic backgrounds.

Categories: Education, News, News – Latest News