June 17, 2017, Inform.com (St. Paul, MN): Despite new money, school districts tightening their belts http://www.inforum.com/news/4285116-despite-new-money-school-districts-tightening-their-belts Funding for Minnesota's public schools will be more than $9 billion next year, about 40 percent of the state's general fund expenditures. Under Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, school spending has grown by about $2 billion a year and when adjusted for inflation is approaching the state's high point of about $10 billion a year from a decade ago. … Many school advocates see a state funding system that hasn't kept pace with rising costs and has never fully met its obligations to pay for special education and other mandated services. … In 2016, special education accounted for 18 percent of Minnesota districts' spending.