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Government Shutdown Status
6/30/2011 12:00 PM

Judge Rules to List K-12 Education as a Core Function.

(June 30, 2011 -- St. Paul)  It isn't known f there will be a Minnesota government shutdown beginning July 1, but if there is schools will continue receiving funding.

On June 29,  District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled in favor of a petition to treat K-12 education as a core function and to make funds that are already appropriated be paid to schools — if there is a state government shutdown.

In her decision Gearin states: “The Minnesota Constitution requires that the state provide a “general and uniform system of public schools.” This requires that the state finance an “adequate” level of education that is uniformly available to all students. This constitutional provision makes funding education a critical core function of government.”

To read Judge Gearin’s complete decision, scroll to the PDF below.

For other background information on a possible shutdown, visit the Minnesota School Boards Association Web.

Get Acrobat Reader  CourtRulingonShutdown6-29-11.pdf