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Legislative Update - February 3, 2017
Week five comes to a close at the Minnesota Legislature

Career and Technical Legislative Education Hearings

This week, the House and Senate Education Committees held three hearings on partnerships between K-12 systems and Minnesota State to advance Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming in high schools and on Minnesota State campuses.

The Senate E-12 Finance Committee, Chaired by Senator Carla Nelson, held two hearings (Monday and Wednesday). Monday’s hearing, attended by Minnesota State Trustee Louise Sundin, focused on Minnesota’s consortium model for secondary/postsecondary delivery of Career and Technical Education. Presenters included Minnesota State’s Jeralyn Jargo, Paula Palmer and Michelle Kamenov from the Minnesota Department of Education, and Local Consortia Leaders and Partners.

The presenters outlined the Minnesota blended CTE delivery system through 26 consortia of post-secondary institutions and K-12 school districts across the state that engaged 246,772 students in 2016.  The consortia rely on federal Perkins IV funds and local resources with K-12 partners.  

The Chair asked the Department of Education representatives whether the Governor’s budget recommendations included any increase for CTE programming. The Department answered that the Governor’s recommendation included a 2% annual general education formula allowance that could be used locally or any priority.

Senator Wiger noted that CTE students display greater persistence to degree among both white students and students of color.  

Chair Nelson very impressed with the strong engagement of business partners and their leadership participating in these programs.  She expressed some concern as to whether there were waiting lists for students to participate in these programs. 

The business partners answered that the most significant constraints on program participation were:

  • Academic success issues for participating students outside of the CTE program.
  • The demand to recruit and retain qualified teachers.
  • The predominance of a “four year college” mind-set in the K-12 system.

The Senate E-12 Finance Committee’s hearing on Wednesday provided and overview of work-based learning programs and partnerships led again by Minnesota State’s Jeralyn Jargo and Anoka Hennepin Director of Career and Technical Education Jessica Lipa.  

The hearing also featured a presentation on the C-Tech Initiative between RCTC and the Rochester Public Schools.  Interim President Mary Davenport, Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Michael Munoz and local business partners showcased this innovative partnership’s success at aligning local resources and leadership to support the production of skilled workers for the local economy.    

Finally, Thursday, February 2, the House Education Innovation and Policy committee heard the report of the Career and Technical Educator Licensing Advisory Taskforce. The taskforce, established by the 2016 Legislature was charged to provide recommendations on how to increase the supply of licensed CTE educators.  Minnesota is experiencing a shortage of licensed CTE teachers driven by three factors: increased demand for CTE courses; retirement of current CTE licensed professionals and the unsustainability of the traditional CTE licensure pathway.  

Taskforce recommendations include:

  • Keep minimum qualifications and prerequisites for li ensure in rule, not statute for greater flexibility.
  • Establish an on ongoing CTE workgroup with appropriate funding
  • Consider alternative requirements to a baccalaureate degree for CTE licensure
  • Allow Minnesota State Colleges to provide content related CTE teacher prep programs.
  • Create incentives for alternative teacher preparation programs outside of the traditional credit based system.
  • Provide adequate and sustainable funding to the agency responsible for licensure.

The report was well received by the committee along with a commitment to work on eliminating barriers to increasing the supply of licensed CTE teachers in Minnesota.

Committee deadlines 

Leaders of the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives announced three committee deadlines for action on bills for the 2017 Legislative Session:

  • Friday, March 10 is the first deadline, where committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin.
  • Friday, March 17 is the second deadline in which committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that have met the first deadline in the other body. Lastly,
  • Friday, March 31 is the third deadline in which the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

The legislative session has a constitutional deadline to adjourn by Monday, May 22.

Next week at the Capitol    

Monday, February 6, 2017

10:15 a.m.
200 State Office Building
House Ways and Means
Agenda: Minnesota Management and Budget: Governor Dayton’s budget. $82.75 Billion All Funds (operating) budget for FY2018-19.
Committee Documents:

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session  

1:00 p.m.
1150 Minnesota Senate Building
Senate Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy
Agenda: SF580 (Miller) – Uniform State Labor Standards Act  

3:00 p.m.
1100 Minnesota Senate Building
Senate Committee on E-12 Finance
Agenda: SF158 (Clausen) – Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based courses school district grants appropriation
SF305 (Utke) – Minnesota principals academy appropriation
SF310 (Weber) – Rural career and technical education consortium establishment and appropriation
SF443 (Nelson) – Minnesota reading corps program appropriation
SF489 (Nelson) – Compensatory education revenue pilot project permanency authorization  

3:30 p.m.
House in Session  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017  

8:15 a.m.
10 State Office Building
House Education Innovation Policy
Agenda: HF602 (Anderson) – Education expense credit and deduction applied to expenditures for prekindergarten expenses
HF574 (Urdahl) – Refundable credit for attaining a master’s degree in a teacher’s licensure field provided
HF731 (Erickson) – Civics testing added to required curriculum **Bills may be added**  

10:15 a.m.
Basement Hearing Room
House Government Operations and Elections Policy
Agenda: HF400 (Kresha) - Vendor not being engaged in a boycott of Israel required.
HF314 (Anderson) - Districting principles for legislative and congressional plans established.
HF246 (Schultz) - Districting principles for legislative and congressional plans established, and appointment of commission to recommend district boundaries provided.
HF697 (Sundin) - Indian tribal officials allowed to take a leave of absence when elected to public office.

3:00 p.m.
200 State Office Building
House Capital Investment
Agenda: Overview of the governor’s bonding proposal by Myron Frans, Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget  

3:00 p.m.
1100 Minnesota Senate Building
Senate Committee on E-12 Policy
Agenda: Presentation of the Office of the Legislative Auditor’s Evaluation of Minnesota Teacher Licensure – Judy Randall, Deputy Legislative Auditor, Program Evaluation Division OLA Teacher Licensure Full Report (PDF)
Teacher Licensure Legislative Working Group Report (PDF)  

5:30 p.m.
G-3 State Capitol
Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Agenda: TBA   5:30 p.m. 5 State Office Building Joint Meeting: Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy; House Committee on Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance
Agenda: Joint Committee for University of Minnesota Regent Selection

Wednesday, February 8, 2017  

3:00 p.m.
200 State Office Building
House Capital Investment
Agenda: Presentations by Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota on HEAPR (tentative)

Thursday, February 9, 2017  

1:00 p.m.
15 Capitol
Joint Meeting: Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy; Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
Agenda:  Presentation from Minnesota State on health care workforce.  

3:00 p.m.
1100 Minnesota Senate Building
Senate Committee on E-12 Policy
Agenda: Presentation on ESSA and World’s Best Workforce by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius  

The following week at the Capitol  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017  

5:30 p.m.
G-3 State
Capitol Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Agenda: TBA

Important Links:

  • Most recent bill introductions related to higher education (compiled by Government Relations team) can be found HERE
  • Committee schedules can be found HERE
  • Many committee hearings and floor sessions are streamed live via the web or broadcast on television. More information and a schedule can be found HERE

Government Relations team:

Jaime Simonsen – Jaime.simonsen@so.mnscu.edu
Bernie Omann – Bernie.omann@so.mnscu.edu
Jim Grathwol – jim.grathwol@so.mnscu.edu