2011 MN School Levies – Funding the Future

Education is the foundation of society’s future and like any growing entity the future cannot flourish if it is not given what it needs.  As learning, technology and students evolve, we as a state that prides ourselves on education must evolve with it, because what is taught today, will be felt by all of us tomorrow.

American writer Max Leon Forman described the need and empathy of educators as, “Teachers are people who start things they never see finished, and for which they never get thanks until it is too late.”  Where a need exists, especially in the minds and hands of our future, through this ongoing process of our never ending need to better the next generation we tend to dismiss the repercussions of not progressing, “until it is [felt] all too late.”


Minnesota’s Needs – The Needs Continue


In 2010, 77 Minnesota school districts levied to fulfill the financial needs of their students resulting in 45.5% of Minnesota public schools receiving no additional public funding.  Besides the fact that all but 34 Minnesota school districts were operating on some form of levy dollars between the 2009-2010 academic year, we find ourselves here, in 2011 facing those same needs once again.

The 2011-2012 school year brings forth additional challenges.  This year more than 113 Minnesota school districts have asked the public once again for an operating levy referendum (the third highest in state history) with questions on the ballot ranging from, renewing per pupil levy amounts to even doubling the per pupil contribution amount in some districts (every levy prior to November 8th, 2011 has failed).

With the expectation of widespread needs being unmet, alternatives to save money lead to cuts.  Cuts in a child’s educational experience, cuts to a teacher’s job – but do know, there are other options besides the conventional alternatives.


Alternatives to Conventional Thinking


“I’ve voted yes, every single year a levy comes up in my daughters’ school district because I know the school deserves it,” said James Lindstrom, Sales and Negotiating Consultant for Mactavish (School) Benefits.  “For the last 10 years the state of Minnesota has fallen far behind in keeping up with inflation with regards to school funding, the legislature has funded schools far below the cost of living (COLA) level for those 10 years and has relied on the local tax payers to increase their property taxes in order to fund the programs that will help students achieve at their highest level.  This is an unfair system and it pits the schools against the tax payers.   Rather than working together, we end up in a confrontational situation that never should have never existed when it comes down to a child’s education.”

This year open your mind to money saving alternatives, besides the conventional cuts.  Contact Mactavish (School) Benefits, Inc. to see how your school/organization can benefit this year.  Mactavish (School) Benefits’ staff is comprised of former Minnesota school teachers, leaders, and insurance consultants whose sole focus has been to fulfill the needs of the public school sector.  In a world that feels broken at times, we fix what we know, “We Fix Health Plans”SM.   Mactavish (School) Benefits, Inc. designs health plans that save school districts money not just for a year, but for the long-term.  

What to learn more?  SEE THE PROOF or ASK US QUESTIONS we’re here to help you see there’s more to funding education besides more levies and cuts.


About Mactavish Benefits, Inc.

Mactavish Benefits a subsidiary of Mactavish School Benefits, Inc. founded by Bernie J. Mackell to promote a means of financing health care that will “IMPROVE COMPANY’S BENEFITS WHILE STABILIZING COSTS”.  Research began in 1994 when the company evaluated all possible financing options available to employers with the ultimate goal, to offer a health insurance program that meets the employer’s strategic financial objectives. Employers will adopt a proven model that produces price stability and reduction.  Health insurance costs are increasing at levels exceeding 10% per year, which means to us, our current system of financing health insurance is not working.  In a nutshell “We Fix Health Plans”SM.  We are pleased to offer this simple yet revolutionary approach to the Employer marketplace.



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