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Special Edition — Friday, June 10, 2022
Action Alert
We have heard the Governor, Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Miller will be meeting today to discuss the possibility of a special session. We must continue to put pressure on all sides, especially Rep. Davnie and Sen. Chamberlain, to work together if a special session is called. Passing an E-12 education bill, with significant funding for special education is a simple solution to a huge problem.

Many of you have already emailed leadership and your local legislators. You can’t do it too many times; send another today. If you haven’t had the opportunity, please do so this morning. If they don’t hear from us in a strong way, the possibility of a special session will dwindle. Consider tweeting and tagging legislators on Twitter. The important thing is to get the message to leadership that we want and need a special session.

Another idea is to invite your legislator to an upcoming school board meeting where you discuss next year's budget, or share the budget information with them. This action will give them an idea of the complexity and need for funding in your district.

We are including a piece that aired on Fox 9 News last week. Superintendent Jason Berg did a wonderful job of communicating how important it is for districts to receive the special education funding that was in the E-12 bill. In addition, MSBA District Director and Board Member Cheryl Polzin from Wayzata wrote a great Letter to the Editor.



To Leadership

Sen.Jeremy.Miller@senate.mn or 651-296-5649


Rep.Jim.Davnie@house.mn or 651-296-0173


Dear_________________:
Although I understand there are differing opinions about whether to hold a special session, I encourage you to do so to finish the work you started. Most importantly, I am urging you to finish the work on a supplemental E-12 education budget bill that would include a substantial investment in the special education cross-subsidy.
The $820 million special education shortfall impacts every school district in Minnesota and has long created budget challenges for school districts. This under-funding means our school district must redirect funds meant for general classroom instruction – known as the cross-subsidy – or ask voters to approve operating referendums to cover the shortfall. It may also result in layoffs as we budget for next year.
Now is the time to solve these challenges and I ask you to join school board members and others across the state and to call on legislative leaders to address these issues in a special session.
 
To Your Elected Officials
Who represents me?

Dear _______________________
As my legislator, I am urging you to call on leadership to meet in a special session and encourage legislators to finish the work they started. Most importantly, I am asking you to urge the legislature to finish the work on a supplemental E-12 education budget bill that would include a substantial investment in the special education cross-subsidy.
The $820 million special education shortfall impacts every school district in Minnesota and has long created budget challenges for school districts. This under-funding means our school district must redirect funds meant for general classroom instruction – known as the cross-subsidy – or ask voters to approve operating referendums to cover the shortfall. It may also result in layoffs as we budget for next year.
Now is the time to solve these challenges and I ask you to join school board members and others across the state and to call on legislative leaders to address these issues in a special session.