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Easter/Passover Break is next week, April 13-22. Legislators will be back in district during this time. If possible, schedule a time to meet with them.
Please ask Sen. Gazelka and your Senator to increase the education target to at least $515 million to support 3% and 2% on the general education formula.
2019 Legislative Session
Week 14 - April 11, 2019 - SPECIAL EDITION 
Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Omnibus Bill 
With a lower target in the Senate, general education formula funding not what school board members hoped for.
Chair Nelson introduced the committee's E-12 bill with a walk-through on Tuesday afternoon. With a target of just over $200 million, some provisions, such as funds for the special education cross-subsidy, didn't make the bill or the level hoped. Here are the highlights:  
  • Formula increase of .5% and .5% ($95 million)
  • Safe Schools Aid ($74.5 million) *One-time
  • School-Linked Mental Health ($5 million)
  • Enrollment Options Transportation ($3.5 million)
  • P-Tech Schools ($3 million)
  • Sanneh Foundation ($2 million) *One-time
General Education Formula  
The Senate has a target of $206 million. The proposed .5% and .5% increase will require most if not all school districts across the state to make budget reductions.
Please send an email or leave a voicemail for:
"Hello, My name is (full name) and I'm a school board member from (school district name). I am calling to ask you to support an education funding target of at least $515 million to support at least 3% and 2% on the formula. Anything short of that would mean (Insert the impact on your school district. Thank you for your time and consideration."  
  Special Education Paperwork Reduction
Three of the six special education paperwork mandate reductions were included to help reduce the burden of paperwork for special education teachers. It is our hope that all six of the New Ulm proposals will be adopted in conference committee. 
Please ask members of the Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee to include all of the New Ulm provisions.

Levy Renewal
There was no provision to allow locally-elected school boards the authority to renew an existing referendum.  
Please send an email or leave a voicemail for:
"Hello, My name is (full name) and I'm a school board member from (school district name). I am calling to ask you to allow school board members to renew an existing operating levy with board approval. Thank you for your time and consideration."    
Local control policy provisions included in the bill: 
*    Provides local school boards the authority to implement a Flexible Learning Year. (Support)
*   Expands board authority and flexibility for hiring CTE teachers; we are pleased there was resistance to the temptation to make changes to the newly implemented tiered licensure system. (Support) 
  *  Requires the board to develop a process to receive a written complaint about a teacher under the code of ethics. (Oppose) 

Other policy provisions in the bill include:
*    The expansion of the duties of the Dyslexia Specialist and teacher training. We see these as the preferred way to meet the needs of dyslexia students as opposed to requiring statewide screening.
*    We support the approach to a civics course embedded into the Social Studies standards; however, we do not support the statewide requirement of reporting of civics test passage rate to the Department.
*    We appreciate the approach to Safety Assessment as opposed to mandating Threat Assessment Teams with a small modification for boards to consider the protocols of the Minnesota School Safety Center rather than be consistent with them.

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