Recap for Government Relations team's Summer Seminar presentations
Thanks to everyone who joined us for one or both of our presentations during Summer Seminar. Opening night, the Government Relations (GR) team presented "From Idea to Legislation - Help Drive the Change". We looked at how different advocacy structures work throughout Minnesota. From responding to a legislative alert to building a team of advocates in your school district, we explored how you can garner best practices and implement them in your district. A Roadmap to Advocacy
guided us on that journey and within it were several ideas and suggestions to help drive the change needed.
One suggested piece of the roadmap was to know your district's COVID-19 story - what unplanned expenditures is your district experiencing. The GR team has developed an outline to help you create and tell your COVID-19 story
. We encourage you to use for discussions with legislative candidates and others.
The second presentation from the GR Team expounded on the COVID-19 story with "What could our schools look like in the future given the policy and funding implications of COVID-19? The presentation looked at potential legislation that we may see in response to lessons learned from distance learning. There were several links shared in that presentation and we are posting them here again for your convenience:
Education Finance Division Update
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) shared an update with the House Education Finance Division last Wednesday morning. The informational hearing focused on Executive Order 20-82
, the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21 Guidance
, and federal funds for K-12 public schools that relate to COVID-19. A copy of the presentation can be found here
and the proposed Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for schools districts can be found here
Special Session Update
The third special session began and ended last Wednesday, August 12. The session, as expected, was short due to recent bond sales.
We expect another special session to be called September 11, or thereabouts and perhaps a bond/tax bill can be worked out then.