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Facts about Our Families, Fairness and Funding

South St. Paul Public Schoos is committed to making decisions that strengthen our schools, our students and our staff. Our vision is to prepare each and every student for their next step. Achieving our vision is increasingly challenging because:

  • State funding is not keeping pace with increasing educational costs, nor with inflation
  • Our state property tax system penalizes South St. Paul for having low levels of commercial property - meaning our homeowners pay more than our neighbors to support schools
  • We have the lowest local property tax support for our schools in Dakota County
  • We have the highest level of family poverty in Dakota County

This booklet highlights some key facts about our families, fairness and funding challenges at South St. Paul Public Schools: