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Legislative Update  
A c ommunication for education advocates in SEE districts.
April 20, 2018  
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What is happening at the Capitol
The House and Senate  released their E-12 education finance bills.  The House combined their finance and policy previsions in one bill - HF4328 (Loon - Eden Prairie).  The Senate is keeping the finance bill - SF3928 (Nelson - Rochester) and policy bill - SF3086 (Pratt - Prior Lake) separate.  Her
Below is a quick look at selected new provisions in the education finance bills.

House Education Finance Bill
increase of $18/PU in Safe School Revenue - State Aid - Permanent
$16.6 million
Safe Schools Revenue Intermediates - One-time
$1.9 million
Permanent Safe Schools Revenue Co-ops - Permanent
$1.8 million
Safe Schools Equalization, Beginning in FY20
Permanent School-Linked Mental Health Grants - Permanent
5.0 million 
Physical Security Audit Grants
$2.0 million
One-time Special Ed: Monticello Fix
$1.6 million
St. Cloud ELL Summer Grant $420,000
School Resource Officer Training Grants $400,000
Jake's Law - Substance Misuse Prevention Grants $350,000
Student Threat Assessment Grants $300,000
Suicide Prevention Teacher Training Grants $273,000
Mounds View Early College Grant $250,000
Vocational Enrichment Grant $250,000
Mind Foundry Learning Foundation Grant $200,000
One-time OLA Report on School District Funding $200,000
Vocational PSEO Grant $150,000
Promise Neighborhood Central MN Grant $80,000
Grand Rapids Children's Museum Grant $50,000
School Bus Safety Campaign Grant $50,000
Permanent Nonpublic PSEO Option $10,000
Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Allowed for Physical School Safety Enhancements $0
Background Checks for All School Employees Every 5 Years- Employee Paid $0
$1 Million Annual Cut to MDE Base Funding $0

Senate Education Finance Bill
Increase of $17.25 per Pupil in Safe School Revenue - State Aid - One-time 
$19.8 million
Special Education: Monticello Fix - On-time  $800,000
Character Development Education Incentive Grants $750,000
Increase to Telecommunications Aid for Rural MN - On-going $440,000
Kognito Grant for Suicide Prevention Grants $273,000
Increase Sanneh Foundation Grant for Mentoring of At-risk Students $250,000
MacPhail Music Education Grant $125,000
Race 2 Reduce Water Conservation Grants $100,000
Grand Rapids Children's Discovery Museum Grant $47,000
Include Nonpublic 10th Grade Students in PSEO $10,000
Modifying Transportation Aid for PSEO Students $2,000
Academic Balance Policy $0
School District Bond Referendum Modifications $0
Pupil Transportation for Homeless Students $0
Grow Your Own Modifications $0
Requiring Mixed Delivery for VPK $0
Background Checks for All School Employees Every 3 Years - Employee Paid $0

As always, see  Brad's Blog  for more detailed information on what is happening at the Capitol.
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me. 


Deb Griffiths
Schools for Equity in Education
Director of Communications and Community Outreach