Applications for school safety grants open on August 29

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This summer, $25 million in grants to improve school safety will be available for school districts and charter schools through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Gov. Mark Dayton and the 2018 Legislature passed school safety grants this spring, to be used for building improvements related to violence prevention and facility security.

MDE will begin accepting applications online on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

School districts, charter schools, intermediates and cooperatives interested in receiving a school safety grant may submit separate applications for each school site, for grants of up to $500,000 each. The funds may be used to predesign, design, construct, furnish, and equip school facilities, including renovating and expanding existing buildings.

The grants will be awarded based on criteria to be set by the commissioner, in collaboration with the Minnesota School Safety Center at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is strongly recommended to submit your applications on the first day applications are accepted.

Find more information on the application process, an upcoming webinar (scheduled for July 24) and resources for additional questions at https://education.mn.gov/MDE/DSE/MDE074493.

School districts or charter schools can contact MDE.funding@state.mn.us with any questions or comments.

Visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMDE/bulletins/1ff9c84 for MDE’s original press release.

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Blandin Foundation hosting broadband webinar on July 19

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The Blandin Foundation is hosting its next Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP) Webinar at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

The webinar topic is “Leveraging Federal CAF II Dollars to Bring World-Class Broadband to your Community.”

Click here to access registration for this webinar.

In 2018 Blandin Foundation commissioned a study entitled, “Impact of CAF II-Funded Networks: Report of Lessons From Two Rural Minnesota Exchanges Left Underserved.”

Access the report on the Blandin Foundation website.

During this webinar the report’s lead researcher, Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors, will present the report’s key findings, and ways CAF II funding can help bring broadband to rural communities.

Can’t make the date for this webinar? The webinar will be recorded and posted to the Blandin on Broadband blog. A full list of links to past webinars is available on the BCBP website.

For more information about this webinar series, contact Mary at memagnuson@blandinfoundation.org.

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Instructions coming soon for school safety grant opportunity

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The instructions for the school safety grant opportunity will be available on Monday, July 16, on the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) Grants Page.

Grants may be used to predesign, design, construct, furnish, and equip school facilities for improvements related to violence prevention and facility security for a qualifying school building. This includes renovating and expanding existing buildings and facilities. The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as delineated in the grant instructions.

Further information on specific criteria for the grant, an outline of how MDE will award projects, and how to apply will be available in the instructions.

An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 24. Login information for that webinar will be located in the grant instructions.

MDE will accept applications starting on Wednesday, August 29, through Survey Gizmo. The link will also be available on the MDE Grants Page, but not until the application date.

Please contact Tim Larson at 651-582-8451 for further information.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Minnesota state revenue above February forecast

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According to Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), the state’s net general fund receipts for fiscal year (FY) 2018 are now estimated to total $22.034 billion — $348 million (1.6 percent) more than projected in the February 2018 Budget and Economic Forecast.

Higher than expected net individual income tax, corporate tax receipts, and other receipts more than offset net sales tax receipts that were less than forecast. General fund revenues for FY 2018 are now estimated to be 4.7 percent greater than in FY 2017. State revenues in the final quarter of FY 2018 were $342 million more than forecast.

Net individual income tax receipts are estimated to end the year $330 million (2.9 percent) more than forecast. Gross income tax receipts were $275 million above the forecast, and refunds were $54 million less than expected. Net individual income tax receipts are estimated to end the year $330 million (2.9 percent) more than forecast. Gross income tax receipts were $275 million above the forecast, and refunds were $54 million less than expected.

MMB estimates that net corporate tax receipts ended FY 2018 $20 million (1.6 percent) above the forecast. Gross receipts in excess of the forecast and lower than expected refunds both contribute to that variance. The estimated closing value for other net receipts is $54 million more than forecast.

See https://mn.gov/mmb-stat/000/az/forecast/2018/revenue-and-economic-update/july-2018.pdf for more information.

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff in honor of Maryland attack victims

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In accordance with a proclamation issued this morning by President Donald Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has directed all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota.

As directed by the president’s proclamation, flags will be flown at half-staff beginning immediately, until sunset on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence in Annapolis, Maryland.

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, a reprehensible act of violence was committed against innocent journalists and a staff member at Capital Gazette Communications in Annapolis, Maryland, and the victims and their families deserve our honor, respect, and remembrance.

Access President Donald Trump’s proclamation.

Access Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton

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

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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 https://twitter.com/NSBAComm 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

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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 https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4424358/ESSA-Update-July-11-2018 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 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMDE/bulletins/1f7a016 for additional ESSA-related updates from MDE.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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