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Public Education Funding Reform: The "Minnesota Miracle of 1971": Newspapers

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  • 1785: A United States federal land ordinance of setting aside one section of each township for the support of the common schools is established.
  • 1849:  Minnesota becomes a Territory and Congress grants two sections in each township for school aid. 
  • Summer/Fall 1970: A group of citizens (part of the Citizens League) begin a detailed study of Minnesota's complex system of distributing state revenue.
  • September 1, 1970: The Citizens League's board approves its report finding that a state policy for the fiscal affairs of local government must be closely examined and reevaluated.
  • October 1, 1970: At the Citizens League annual dinner, the two major party candidates agree to attend and answer questions regarding the League's proposals to change the state's fiscal policy.
  • January 1971: Governor Wendell Anderson unveils the "Fair School Finance Plan".
  • May 25, 1971: An extra session for the Minnesota Legislature convenes, in order to further discuss Governor Anderson's "Fair School Finance Plan", among other topics.
  • October 30, 1971: The Minnesota Miracle- Omnibus Tax Act legislation is enacted.


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Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.

The Minnesota Historical Society holds the world's largest collection of Minnesota newspapers, with dates ranging from 1849 to the present day.

Past issues of most newspaper titles are available on microfilm in the MNHS library, but there is also digital access to select newspapers

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