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Week Seven - February 15, 2021
Ask Legislators to Pass Summer Program Bill NOW and increase safe schools revenue!
Advocacy Opportunity - Take Action
There are two important bills for school board members and administrators being heard this week. We ask you to reach out to your legislators and share your support.

Monday (TODAY) afternoon at 3 pm, SF 627 (Chamberlain) will be heard in the Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee. Steve Adams, Hopkins Public Schools school board member will be testifying with a request for more revenue on Sen. Chamberlains safe schools revenue bill. Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal's bill summary is available online.

Please call or email your senator TODAY and share your support of SF 627

"As a school district member in ________________________________, I am sharing our support of SF 627, Sen. Chamberlain’s safe schools revenue bill. While we appreciate the effort of a small increase in revenue in fiscal year 2022 and for our cooperative districts $16 per student for the school year, unfortunately it still won't be enough for us to hire the staff we desperately need.
Now, more than ever, our students need the supports the safe school dollars can provide. The increases and flexibility allow our school boards and administration to plan and hire personnel. The new allowable uses will provide our students with more school-based linked mental health options via telemedicine."

On Tuesday (TOMORROW) HF 1064 (Davnie) will be heard in Education Finance. Chair Davnie's bill appropriates approximately $83 million for 2021 summer education programs, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and mental health grants through the end of fiscal year 2022. It also includes $25 million to address declining enrollment due to COVID-19. The companion bill, SF 973 (Chamberlain) will be heard in the Senate on Wednesday.

"As a school district member in ________________________________, I am sharing our support of HF 1064/SF 973, Rep. Davnie’s / Sen. Chamberlain's bill to increase education programming aid this summer. We urge members to vote in favor of this bill and do all they can to move it forward NOW to allow districts to begin making plans for this summer's programming and staffing NOW. "