School safety and equity Twitter chat set for Thursday, June 21


Join the National School Boards Association and the School Superintendents Association for a “School Safety and Equity” Twitter chat scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 21.

To participate, come to NSBA’s Twitter page at Thursday, June 21, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.

Questions that will be posed during the chat include:
1. Whose job is it to ensure schools are safe?
2. Are schools responsible for community safety, too?
3. When it comes to equity and safety — are there any overlaps?
4. What is your district’s largest safety concern/what are your safety policies designed to target?
5. How do you ensure your safety policies are not disproportionately targeting a vulnerable population of students?
6. How do you use partnerships with the community to make your schools safer for all students?

Include the hashtags #NSBAEquity and #Supts4Equity in your posts to be part of the Twitter chat stream. Also, when referencing a question, please include the question number (Q1, Q2, etc.) in your tweet.

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Minnesota Department of Education hosting ESSA update on July 11


Join the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Update from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11.

Work is underway in preparation for ESSA implementation in the 2018-19 school year. MDE has important updates in a few areas that they would like to share with stakeholders, including:

  • State equity work
  • Minnesota Report Card progress
  • Protecting student privacy while providing useful data
  • Upcoming transition to new accountability and support system

Visit to access meeting registration. This meeting will be held in Conference Center B (Rooms 15-16) at the MDE office, located at 1500 Highway 36 West in Roseville.

See for additional ESSA-related updates from MDE.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Federal school safety grants are available


The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance are seeking applications for funding under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act Program.

Grants are available for the STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program ( and the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program (

Applications are due July 23, 2018, for both competitive grants.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

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School safety grant applications available in mid-July


Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Gov. Mark Dayton signed school safety grants into law at the end of the 2018 legislative session.

Applications for these grants will be available in mid-July, with applications accepted at the end of August.

More information about the grant process, application criteria and funding amounts will be made available at the Minnesota Department of Education website when possible.

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School bus replacement grants available for districts


Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is releasing the first Request for Proposal (RFP) under the Minnesota VW Settlement Diesel Replacement Program.

The RFP is for grants of $15,000 or $20,000 to school bus owners or their representatives around the state to replace old diesel school buses with new diesel, natural gas, propane or electric school buses. There is a total of $2,115,000 available under this grant opportunity.

Grants will be awarded based on selection criteria that include emissions reduction, cost effectiveness, health effects, and environmental justice ramifications.

Please visit the School Bus Replacement Grant webpage to learn more about this grant opportunity and download application forms.

Training for interested grant applicants will be offered on June 13, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. This training will be offered at the MPCA office in St. Paul, as well as electronically. The training will be recorded and posted on the grant webpage. Please visit the webpage for more information regarding the upcoming training.

This is the first grant opportunity under this new program. Additional grants for a variety of other diesel vehicle replacement projects will be forthcoming in the near future.

Visit to learn more about Minnesota’s plan for VW settlement funds.

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Gov. Dayton orders flags flown at half-staff for Memorial Day


Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 28, 2018, in honor of those who have died while serving in the United States Military.

The United States and Minnesota flags are quickly raised to the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then raised again to full height at noon. The time at half-mast is meant to honor American servicemen and women who have died for their country. Re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nation’s heroes will not have died in vain.

Since 1868, Memorial Day has been observed in the United States of America to officially celebrate and honor the valiant sacrifice of those in the military who have given their lives in service to our country.

Across the nation, and in the state of Minnesota, Americans give thanks those who undertake the great responsibility of defending our liberties and protecting democracy. On Memorial Day, the United States of America and the state of Minnesota honor the spirit, courage, and tenacity of service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

View a copy of Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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SESSION DAILY: Supplemental budget bill — all 989 pages — heads to governor and expected veto


File photo (Courtesy of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services)

Source: Session Daily

By Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services staff

A session that began three months ago has largely been boiled down to, well, a large bill that doesn’t appear to have gubernatorial support.

In the middle of the night — 2:31 a.m. — the House passed the conference committee report on the omnibus supplemental budget bill 76-49. It was passed 35-32 by the Senate just before 12:30 a.m.

“It spends about $76 million this year, primarily on education, health and human services, public safety and broadband, plus another $58 million on transportation, primarily roads and bridges,” said Rep. Jim Knoblach. He co-chaired the conference committee on HF4099/ SF3656 with Sen. Julie Rosen.

About five hours before the Senate passage, Gov. Mark Dayton indicated he’d veto the supplemental funding and tax bills. The governor sent conferees a list of 117 objections he had with the supplemental budget bill. Knoblach said 71 items to change or delete language were resolved.

For E-12 education, the conference committee report appropriates nearly $28 million to school safety in Fiscal Year 2019.

Of that, $19.9 million would be allocated to safe schools revenue, with an additional $5 million for school-linked mental health grants, $1 million for physical security audit grants, $250,000 for school resource officer training and $150,000 for threat assessment team training.

Key policy provisions that made it into the final report include enhanced civics education, the creation of a special education working group and provisions prohibiting school lunch shaming.

Several measures that Dayton objects to remain, including a requirement that the Department of Education develop a summative-rating system to measure school districts and schools, as well as a provision to that would permit school boards to prominently display a poster, framed copy or mounted plaque of the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

Read the complete article at Session Daily.

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