About the Referendum

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The Situation

After two years of intentional planning, budgetary right-sizing, and sweeping change, Rochester Public Schools is beginning to see signs of promise in our strategic plan and other reforms. High school graduation rates are up across the board, but especially among traditionally underserved groups. We plan to continue the momentum.

The Need

Many school districts in Minnesota have a dedicated funding source for technology. Rochester Public Schools does not, and the district is forced to divert millions of dollars every year to support technology services rather than educational programs or salaries and benefits for teachers and other staff.

The Plan

Rochester Public Schools proposes a capital projects technology levy to harness the power of technology to accelerate learning, support teaching, increase school safety and maintain class sizes.

Graphic, 94% of parents trust the school district to do what's best for kids

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"This is a multi-year initiative to achieve a balance between expenses and revenues that will ensure that the school district has sufficient and sustainable funding to meet the educational needs of all Rochester students"


   Superintendent Dr. Kent Pekel

Over $20 million has been cut from the budget in the last two years.

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