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Advocacy Matters
Building relationships with your legislators is key to advocacy. 

There is a link above that can help you find out who represents you. Take time throughout the session to contact them via email or phone sharing how proposed legislation impacts your school district. 

From time to time, the Government Relations team will ask you to contact your representatives. A legislative alert may be sent directly or an ask through the Weekly Advocate.

We encourage you to engage with your legislators. Invite them into your school district to attend events or school board meetings.
2019 Legislative Session
Week One - January 7, 2019
We are excited to welcome new school board members to the Weekly Advocate. Every Monday you will receive legislative  updates impacting education and school boards.

Legislative Preview - First Days of Session
The 2019 Legislative Session begins at noon tomorrow. There are several things "new" this session. Minnesota welcomes the new state leadership of Governor Tim Walz (a former teacher) and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (former Minneapolis School Board member). "Foundational to our past, present, and future is the quality of our people. And that begins with education," said Governor Walz after he was sworn in as Minnesota's governor. The House of Representatives has 39 new members (nearly 30 percent) -- 34 newly elected DFL members and 5 Republicans.
The House will have two new education chairs. Rep. Cheryl Youakim (new to K-12 education) will hold the gavel for the House Education Policy Committee. Rep. Jim Davnie -- a longtime education committee member -- will chair the Education Finance Committee. Sen. Carla Nelson will chair the combined Senate Education Finance and Policy.

Education advocates will be watching to see what bills are introduced first -- traditionally the first 10 bills are the parties' statement of values. Money on the formula and school safety are anticipated to be some of the first bills introduced along with others to help working families.

No formal hearings have been scheduled this week.
Government Relations Survey
In an effort to better represent you at the Capitol, we are asking members to help us understand issues that impact you by taking a brief survey. Click here to access the survey.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
The 2019 Legislative Session will begin at noon on Tuesday, January 8.  

Regularly scheduled education meetings are:
Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee meeting schedule is tentative as of this publication.
House Education Policy Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Room 5 and House Education Finance will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:45 a.m. in Room 5.
Subcommittee on Early Childhood Finance and Policy will meet Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. in Capitol Room 120.

The governor's budget must be developed and presented to the Legislature on Tuesday, February 19.

The Weekly Advocate is delivered via email each Monday and is your "go-to" for education legislation.

Mark your calendars for MSBA's Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 25.
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