Monday Morning Legislative Briefing
The House and Senate Education Committee meetings continued to provide statewide overviews on topics such as concurrent enrollment, charter schools, pensions and teacher licensure. If you would like the materials provided on any of these topics contact us. We are happy to provide them.
The House Education Innovation Committee did review the
Report of 2016 Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensing
FY2015 Special Education Cross-Subsidy Report
has been released.The gap between special education expenditures and revenues is expected to reach $719 million in FY 2019. MSBA's 2017 Legislative Platform asks the Minnesota Legislature and the Federal Government to correct the persistent under-funding of special education. This affects every school district in the state.
To give you an idea of the impact, the adjusted net cross-subsidies range from $65,000 to $66 million, per school district, across the state.
The average adjusted net cross-subsidies per pupil unit are between $614 and $867 per pupil unit for all groups of districts except for the smallest non-metro districts, which have an average cross subsidy of $567 per pupil unit, and the Minneapolis and St. Paul districts, which have an average cross subsidy of $1,256 per pupil unit.
To see the impact on your district refer to Appendix B of the report.
The House Education Innovation Policy Committee on Tuesday, will hear a
bill which extends the K-12 education credit to tuition
The bill, which does not have a number at this time, can be found
. The Senate E-12 Policy Committee will hear a similar bill Tuesday afternoon and the language can be found
. MSBA will testify in opposition to any use of tuition tax credits for attendance in private elementary or secondary schools.
The Senate E-12 Finance Committee will meet and hear testimony on
reading proficiently by grade 3
Check the House and Senate TV/Video links to watch these hearings.
MSBA's Kirk Schneidawind, Denise Dittrich and the executive board will be traveling to Washington, DC to advocate on behalf of Minnesota students on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The group hopes to get some insight to the new Federal Education plan.