Gov. Walz calls for additional education funding in state budget proposal

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Education spending was prioritized in Gov. Tim Walz’s Budget for One Minnesota unveiled today.

In total, Gov. Walz’s state budget proposal represents an investment of $733 million in additional pre-K through grade 12 education funding over the next two years, and $158 million in funding to support Minnesota’s higher education system, including $62 million in grants to students.

The governor’s budget will increase the general education basic formula by 3 percent in the first year of the biennium, and 2 percent in the second — or $189 per student in fiscal year 2020 and an additional $130 in fiscal year 2021, for a total new investment of $523 million.

“MSBA is very appreciative of Gov Walz’s E-12 budget proposal, which includes significant investments in our public school students,” said MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind. “The investments in the general education funding formula, special education and student safety are all significant priorities for our school districts statewide. We are also pleased the governor’s budget addresses our state’s teacher shortage, particularly for teachers of color. We look forward to working with Gov. Walz and legislative leadership as the budget makes its way to the finish line.”

The governor’s budget also includes:

  • A $77 million investment in special education to stop schools’ cross-subsidy gaps from growing.
  • $59 million to keep voluntary preschool programs operational.
  • $26 million to address school safety.
  • $8 million for full-service community schools.
  • $8 million for new and existing programs to recruit quality teachers of color.

Access Gov. Walz’s “Budget for One Minnesota” Education Fact Sheet for details. 

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Federal Update: Consolidated funding bill signed

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President Donald Trump recently signed the fiscal year 2019 consolidated appropriations bill into law, thereby providing funding for all government operations through the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2019).

While funding for the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and Defense was completed last September, full-year funding for the remaining agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers child nutrition programs, was incomplete.

The Senate passed the appropriations bill (H.J. Res. 31) by a vote of 83-16. The House voted in favor of the measure by a vote of 300-128.

Source: National School Boards Association

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 18, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 18, 2019.

Visit The MSBA Advocate for updates each day bills are introduced.

House Education Bill Introductions February 18th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 18th 2019

For more information, please visit our website.

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House education committee to hold hearing at Windom School District to discuss funding, rural issues

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The House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division is holding its Friday, February 22, meeting at the Windom Public School District, located at 1400 17th Street in Windom. The committee is scheduled to discuss public education funding and the needs of rural school districts.

See this week’s education committee schedule listed below.

Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 294 — Student preparation to be capable citizens able to fully participate in the political process requirement.
  • SF 17 — Government and citizenship course for graduation requirement.
  • SF 193 — Cursive handwriting instruction in elementary school requirement and appropriation.
  • SF 423 — Music education in rural Minnesota grant program establishment and appropriation.
  • SF 1243 — National Youth Leadership Council service-learning grant program appropriation.

3 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 292 — Community education revenue program funding increase.
  • SF 1138 — Community education advisory council responsibilities and general community education revenue allowable uses calculation modifications; appropriation.
  • SF 521 — Northeast Minnesota collaborative summer intensive program appropriation.
  • SF 972 — Minnetonka School District; fund transfer authorization.
  • SF 1055 — Truman School District; fund transfer from early childhood and family education and school readiness reserve accounts in the community service fund to the general fund.
  • SF 871 — Community service fund transfers authorization.


House Education Policy Committee
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 987 — Low-income student access to driver education programs expanded, driver education work group established, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF 508 — School board options expanded when disposing of surplus computers.
  • HF 525 — Pupil transportation adjustment calculation modified, pupil transportation working group provided, and report required.
  • HF 681 — Pregnant and parenting pupils transportation to qualified programs provided, reimbursement allowed, and money appropriated.
  • HF 761 — Pupil transportation for certain homeless students authority assigned, and money appropriated.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 55 — School meal provisions modified.
  • HF 575 — Unclaimed drugs or medications in schools disposal provided.
  • HF 576 — School districts required to pay the cost of a college course entrance exam for all students in grade 11 or 12, funding provided to reimburse districts for college entrance exam costs, and money appropriated.
  • HF 209 — Schools testing materials expenditures required, and report to the legislature required.
  • HF 20 — Intermediate school districts statutes renumbered.


House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes HF 813 (Suicide prevention teacher training funding provided, and money appropriated).

9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes HF 116 (School districts authorized to renew expiring referendums by action of school board).

12:30 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019 | Windom Public School District (1400 17th Street, Windom)
Agenda includes a discussion on public education funding and the needs of rural school districts. (Note: Members of the public who wish to attend this public hearing may park in the East parking lot and sign in with school officials at Door 1. Email Sarah Burt if you wish to testify.) Also, the following bills are on the agenda: HF 1142 (Debt service equalization aid state aid increased) and HF 1143 (Operating referendum program state aid increased, and money appropriated).



House Ways and Means Committee — Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
8 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
The agenda includes HF 1238 (Child care assistance program provisions modified).

8 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
The agenda includes a presentation from the Minnesota Department of Health and HF 1226 (Programs and funding for home visits governed, and money appropriated).

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 14, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 14, 2019.

Visit The MSBA Advocate for updates each day bills are introduced.

House Education Bill Introductions February 14th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 14th 2019

For more information, please visit our website.

 

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Congressional Update: IDEA Funding, Higher Education Act and School Infrastructure

Senate and House Ed to Focus on Updating the Higher Education Act
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) formally announced plans, on February 4, to restart discussions about updating the Higher Education Act (HEA).  Senator Alexander said the HELP Committee will hold HEA focused hearings this winter, ideally leading to a committee vote on bipartisan HEA reauthorization legislation in the spring. He noted that it will be difficult to move a HEA reauthorization bill through the Senate this year but expressed hope that early Senate action could lead to negotiations with the House over the summer and fall. The HEA is important to K-12 leaders, given the law’s focus on issues such as educator preparation and induction, college access programs, and better alignment with secondary education. On the other side of the Capitol, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Scott (D-VA) also plans to focus on the HEA, but he has suggested that it may take all of 2019 to move a bill through his committee and the full House, which would set negotiations with the Senate back by at least six-months. We plan to closely monitor the committee’s work on the HEA and will provide updates on their progress, including our efforts to use HEA as a policy lever for preparing and recruiting additional special education teachers and other professionals.
House Education and Labor Committee Schedules School Infrastructure and Funding Hearing
Last week, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott and 153 cosponsors introduced legislation – the Rebuild America’s Schools Act (H.R.865) – to provide grants and tax credits to help school districts meet their infrastructure needs. The measure is similar to a bill that was introduced in 2017, of which NSBA wrote a qualified endorsement letter.. On February 12, the committee will hold a hearing that includes a focus on the need for Congress to pass H.R. 865. The hearing title is UnderpaidTeachers and Crumbling Schools: How Underfunding Public Education Shortchanges America’s Students. NSBA discussed the hearing with Chairman Scott’s senior staff and offered to provide data and other support for the panel discussion. The hearing will be live streamedonline beginning at 10:15 AM (EST).
House Budget Committee Begins Hearings for FY2020 
This week the House Budget Committee convened a hearing on the overall federal budget amount for the next fiscal year that begins October 1.
Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) stated that federal programs face $126 billion in cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary expenditures next year.  Without an agreement to adjust budgetary caps, education and other programs could face across-the-board cuts, similar to budget sequestration in FY2013.
“These caps were never supposed to take effect. They were deliberately set at destructively low levels to force an agreement on a comprehensive deficit reduction plan,” Chairman Yarmuth stated. “That effort failed, and we have dealt with this problem ever since. We reached bipartisan agreements to raise the caps in 2012, 2013, 2015, and again in 2018. If we do not act again, investments that are vital to our economic and national security will face devastating cuts.”
The Committee hearing addressed investments in special education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, in which Sarah Abernathy started that, “In 1975, Congress mandated that all students with disabilities have access to a free appropriate education, and in return pledged to cover up to 40 percent of the additional cost associated with educating children with disabilities. However, that pledge has never come close to being fulfilled, and the federal share of special education funding has declined to less than 15 percent of the additional costs – less than half of the 40 percent “full funding” percentage pledged. That means the vast majority of special education costs are borne by state and local education budgets.
“If Congress were to meet its obligation and provide more for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act programs, that additional investment would benefit all students, including those who do not directly receive special education services, because more of the state and local budgets could be used to meet other education needs, such as school construction and repair, teacher training, transportation, teacher pay, etc.”
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Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 11, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 11, 2019.

Visit The MSBA Advocate for updates each day bills are introduced.

House Education Bill Introductions February 11th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 11th 2019

For more information, please visit our website.

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