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2018 Legislative Session
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Day at the Capitol Update   
MSBA's Day at the Capitol was yesterday. Thank you to the over 60 school board members and superintendents who joined us to learn more about issues and bills at the state legislature.

Governor Dayton's Supplemental Budget Bill
 
The morning began with Kirk Schneidawind, executive director, providing highlights of Governor Dayton's supplementary budget bill recommendations. The Governor's two top education priorities are safe schools and special education.
  • Safe schools - nearly $16 million in FY19  and an additional $10 million in FY 20/21 to make building security improvements or add more student support staff, such as school resource officers or counselors. 
  • Special education - $43 million in aid in the FY20/21 biennium to reduce the cross-subsidy.
  • Pensions -  $10.8 million to fund the employer portion of the increase.
 


Your Advocacy Matters

The government relations team shared several advocacy tips that legislators say work. The key take-away from the morning was to share with legislators how the issue(s) impacts your schools and district and ask for a specific action. You may not have been able to join us yesterday, but we want to encourage everyone to communicate with legislators by emailing, tweeting or posting on Facebook. 

Governor Dayton  Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Thank you for:
  • making education a priority in your supplemental budget bill.
  • additional funding for special education, pensions and telecommunication equity aid.
  Please:  
  • encourage the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to work in conjunction with the office of School Trust Lands.
  • strengthen the role of the school trust lands director and allow decision-making that benefits the public school children of Minnesota, the beneficiaries.
Representative Erickson, Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter
Chair of House Education Innovation Policy 
Thank you for including the following in your E-12 omnibus policy bill:
  • the special education cross-subsidy study group (H.F. 2846).
  • an improved alignment between ESSA and World's Best Workforce.
  • supporting school boards and their policies in your respectful school meals provision.
  Please:  
  • reconsider the star-rating system for scoring on the academic achievement bill (H.F. 3178).
  • consider the unintended consequences of data auditing, training (timing and cost) and opt-out provisions with the student data privacy bill (H.F. 1507).
  • have an informational hearing on school trust lands and support strengthening the role of the director for the benefit of the trust. (H.F. 2936)
Representative Jenifer LoonLike us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter
Chair of House Education Finance Committee
 

Thank you for:
  • your leadership on school safety and school-based mental health.
  • advocate for an education target.
Please:
  • advocate for a target to at least match the Governor's.
  • consider a balance of school buildings, capitol improvements, personnel needs and school-based mental health issues.
  
Senator Carla Nelson  Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter
Chair of Senate Education Finance Committee

Thank you for:
  • supporting telecommunications equity aid throughout Minnesota.
Please:
  • fully fund telecommunications equity aid.
  • advocate for an education target.

Senator Eric Pratt  Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter
Chair of Senate Education Policy Committee

Thank you for:
  • authoring the bill for a special education task force. 
  • hearing Sen. Eichorn's school trust lands bill   (S.F. 2737)
Please:
  • encourage the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to work in conjunction with the office of school trust lands. (S.F. 2737)
  • strengthen the role of the school trust lands director and allow him to make decisions that benefit the public  school children of Minnesota, the beneficiaries. (S.F. 2737)
Upcoming Legislative Meetings

House
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 
8:15 AM      
Meeting Time Note: If necessary, committee will reconvene at 7:00 pm in Capitol Room 120.
Education Innovation Policy
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda:
HF 3315 -  Erickson Prekindergarten through grade 12 education provided, including general education, education excellence, teachers, facilities and technology, nutrition, early childhood and family support, and self-sufficiency and lifelong learning.
Testimony will be taken on the H3315DE1 amendment on Tuesday, other amendments will be considered on Thursday. If you would like to testify, please contact Kacie Petersen at kacie.petersen@house.mn. Testifiers are being asked to limit their comments to 5 minutes.
Committee Documents:
H3315DE1.pdf

1:00 PM      
Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
Agenda:
HF 2645 - Davnie Project SUCCESS grants authorized, reports required, and money appropriated.
HF 3361 - Kunesh-Podein Substance misuse prevention instruction grant provided, report required, and money appropriated.
HF 3585 - Moran Girls in Action program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 3887 - Moran Northstar Digital Literacy upgrade funding provided, and money appropriated.
Governor's Supplemental Budget Recommendations
Time permitting, public testimony will be taken on the Governor's Supplemental Budget Recommendations. There will be another hearing when the Governor's education related budget recommendations are introduced as a House File.
Committee Documents:
H2645A1.pdf

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
1:00 PM       
Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
Agenda:
HF 978 Theis Support our students grant program funding provided, support our students grant program codified, and money appropriated.
H676 Jessup Reimbursement grants for audits of the physical security of public school campuses created, and money appropriated.
HF 3796 Loon School safety facility grants authorized for school districts to enhance safety for students and staff, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
HF 3797 Haley Safe schools revenue increased, safe schools levy equalized, portion of levy available for intermediate school districts linked to the school district per pupil allowance, and money appropriated.
HF 3885 Christensen Public school security audit funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 3378 Davnie Children's school-linked mental health grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF 3599 Wills Safe schools levy increased, and portion of the levy available for intermediate school districts linked to the school district per pupil allowance.
Bill(s) Removed:
HF 3370 Franke Threat assessment teams and oversight committees required, access to criminal history and health records provided, educational data sharing with school threat assessment teams allowed, and money appropriated.
HF3378 will be information-only.  

Thursday, March 22, 2018  
8:15 AM      
Meeting Time Note: If necessary, committee will reconvene at 5:00 pm in room 200 of the State Office Building.
Education Innovation Policy
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda:
HF 3315 Erickson Prekindergarten through grade 12 education provided, including general education, education excellence, teachers, facilities and technology, nutrition, early childhood and family support, and self-sufficiency and lifelong learning.
Testimony on the H3315DE1 amendment is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Other amendments to the omnibus bill will be considered during this meeting.
Committee Documents:
H3315DE1.pdf

1:00 PM      
Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
Agenda:
HF1708 Knoblach Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota programming expansion grant authorized, report required, and money appropriated.
HF3206 Fenton Grow Your Own pathways to teacher licensure program funding increased, and money appropriated.
HF3354 Haley Education partnership program modified, and future grant priority established.
HF3594 Koznick Increase Teachers of Color Act strengthened; percentage of teachers of color and American Indian teachers increased above four percent and percentage of diverse teacher candidates above ten percent by 2020; report required; and money appropriated.
Bills may be taken in any order.  


Senate 
Monday, March 19, 2018
3:00 PM  
Committee on E-12 Finance
Chair: Sen. Carla J. Nelson
Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Agenda:
TBA

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 
3:00 PM  
*** Agenda Addition(s)***
Committee on E-12 Policy
Chair: Sen. Eric R. Pratt
Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Agenda:
S.F. 3239 Anderson, B.Compulsory school attendance exemptions additions.
S.F. 2845 Clausen Permanent school fund assets management program evaluation by legislative auditor requirement.
S.F. 3343 Anderson, P. Textbook definition modification.
SF 3343 A-1 (PDF)
S.F. 3335 Ruud Online learning providers requirement to generate online learning aid for courses offered to nonpublic pupils authorization and appropriation.
S.F. 2814 Jasinski Charter school admission lottery expansion to Nerstrand in Rice county.
S.F. 2466 Little Castle Rock township charter school applicants enrollment preference creation.
S.F. 2605 Housley School district bond referendums requirements modifications.
S.F. 3086 Pratt Prekindergarten through grade 12 education provisions modifications.
SF 3086 A-18-0650 (PDF)
SF 3086 A-18-0647 (PDF)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 
3:00 PM  
Committee on E-12 Finance
Chair: Sen. Carla J. Nelson
Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Agenda:
Commissioner Cassellius, Minnesota Department of Education - budget recommendations
S.F. 3085 Chamberlain Homeless students pupil transportation authority assignment.
Other bills may be added 
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