House Education Policy Committee to look at hourly school employee compensation bill


The Minnesota House Education Policy Committee is meeting remotely at 2:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 8, 2020) to discuss a bill (HF 4415) that would require school districts and charter schools to pay hourly employees for changes in school employment practices as a result of COVID-19-related school closures and the conversion to distance learning programs.

The House Education Finance Division reviewed the bill Tuesday, but no action was taken. (See Session Daily story for information.)

Today’s meeting can be viewed live:

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Minnesota Department of Health offers masking recommendations for schools


Have questions about masks? The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has answers on its Masking Recommendations for Child Care and Schools webpage.

See MDH’s The Difference Between Alternative Masks and Surgical Masks for COVID-19 graphic for more information.

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School board meeting guidance, distance learning resources updated on MSBA website


The MSBA School Board Meeting Guide has been updated on the MSBA COVID-19 webpage to include an additional recommendation concerning public access to meetings by conference call or other electronic means (including Zoom meetings).

Also, MSBA staff members have also produced a School Board Chair Script for Virtual Meetings.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) updated its Distance Learning and Teaching Implementation Guidance. MDE also released a Guidance for Q Comp and Teacher Development Evaluation document.

All of these resources are available at

Visit the MDE COVID-19 Updates page for additional information.

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House subcommittee meeting remotely today to discuss elections


The Minnesota House Subcommittee on Elections is meeting remotely at 9:45 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 8, 2020) for an informational hearing on a bill “authorizing the secretary of state to issue emergency orders related to the conduct of an election during certain peacetime emergencies; appropriating money from the Help America Vote Act account; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 204B.”

This meeting may be listened to live via the following methods:

Visit the Minnesota House of Representatives website for more information about this meeting.

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House Education Finance Division meeting remotely to discuss compensation for hourly employees


The Minnesota House Education Finance Division is meeting remotely at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 7, 2020) for an informational hearing on HF 4415 — a bill that would provide compensation for hourly employees required for school days cancelled due to COVID-19 during the 2019-2020 school year.

Access a House Research Summary of the bill for more information.

This committee hearing may be viewed live via the following methods:

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Webcast: Minnesota Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group to discuss budget today


The Minnesota Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group is meeting at 11:30 a.m. today (Monday, April 6, 2020) to discuss the state budget.

The meeting will be webcast live at:

Today’s meeting agenda includes:

  • State Budget Outlook — Commissioner Myron Frans, Minnesota Management and Budget
  • State and National Economic Update — Dr. Laura Kalambokidis, State Economist – Minnesota Management and Budget
  • Budgeting Trends since COVID-19 Threat — Erica MacKellar, Program Principal, Fiscal Affairs Program, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and Mandy Rafool, Group Director, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL
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Gov. Walz to deliver State of the State Address on Sunday

Walz-2-19-2019Governor Tim Walz will deliver his State of the State address at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The address will be delivered live from the Governor’s Residence and can be viewed on YouTube.

“COVID-19 presents an unprecedented hardship to our state, but Minnesotans always rise to a challenge,” Governor Walz said. “I look forward to the opportunity to speak directly to Minnesotans during this uncertain time.”

Source: Office of Governor Tim Walz

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