K-12 Education

While K-12 education is delivered by local school districts, the state plays an important role by passing regulations, setting curriculum standards, and providing significant funding. The state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education oversees much of this work.

State funding for school districts comes in a few different forms: unrestricted Chapter 70 aid, which is a primary source of district funding, especially in lower-wealth communities; School Modernization and Reconstruction Trust Fund money, which helps defray the cost of school construction and renovation projects; and several grant programs designed to advance specific priority initiatives, such as literacy supports and extended learning time initiatives.

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