A new report from an Education Minnesota think tank says policy changes and state funding increases will be required in order to meet the needs of students and teachers statewide.

“And when educators point at chronic underfunding as the major cause for opportunity gaps, it’s because we’ve been desperately trying to make progress with fewer resources every single year.”

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht. The report finds that funding issues in Minnesota schools are perpetuating racial achievement gaps and causing teacher attrition. Education funding is one area of major difference as Governor Walz and Republicans try to close a $700 million gap in their proposals.