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September  2019
Advocacy Tour Summary  
MSBA Government Relations team held 11 meetings across Minnesota sharing bills and issue sure to return in 2020.
 From Thief River Falls to Marshall to the Twin Cities, board members and superintendents joined the MSBA Government Relations team for robust discussions.  
 
One part of the evening was an exercise to better understand school boards priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Members were asked to complete an informal survey by ranking supplemental budget items as high, medium or low. Overwhelmingly we saw an additional 1% on the General Education Formula and increases to the Special Education Formula were top priorities. Statewide school lunch program seemed to be the lowest priority. Results from each of the Advocacy Tour Meetings are listed below:   
 
Fergus Falls
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority -reducing or freezing the special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - school board authority to renew an operating levy and safe schools

Thief River Falls
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority - reducing or freezing the special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - teacher shortage

St. Peter
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority - school-based mental health
3rd highest priority - teacher shortage (including teachers of color)

Marshall
Top priority - school safety
2nd highest - teacher shortage
3rd highest - school-based mental health

Grand Rapids
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority - reducing or freezing the special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - safe schools and voluntary Pre-k

Cloquet
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority - reducing or freezing special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - safe school, teacher shortage and voluntary Pre-k

Rochester
Top priority - reducing or freezing the special education cross-subsidy
2nd highest priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
3rd highest priority - teacher shortage.

Staples
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority - reducing or freezing special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - teacher shortage

Willmar
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority - reducing or freezing special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - school based mental health

Sartell
Top priority is a tie for an additional 1% on the General Education Formula and teacher shortage
2nd highest priority - reducing or freezing special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - Voluntary Pre-k

Metro
Top priority - additional 1% on the General Education Formula
2nd highest priority - reducing or freezing special education cross-subsidy
3rd highest priority - teacher shortage

Many of you have requested electronic versions of some of the material, including The Leader article on Wage Theft (6-19-19). Please refer to the links below: The Advocacy Tour prompted many good discussions and ideas. If you have an idea for a resolution, please share it with us by accessing the link to the Microsoft Form below.
Or submit a resolution through a Word document. Please submit your legislative resolutions no later than Friday, September 27, 2019.     
 
 
Click Here to Submit a Resolution
     
For more information on resolutions and the Delegate Assembly, MSBA has published a couple of articles for your reference.  Click on each article for more information.   
 
 
 
 
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