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

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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.

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House Education Bill Introductions February 11th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 11th 2019

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House education committee to examine referendums, board vacancies

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The House Education Policy Committee is scheduled to take a look at referendum and school board vacancy issues during its meeting on Tuesday, February 12. See this week’s education committee schedule listed below.

Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, February 11 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 7 — Safe schools program revenue increase and appropriation.
  • SF 734 — Teacher suicide prevention training and appropriation.
  • SF 247 —Unclaimed drugs and medications in schools disposal authorization.
  • SF 389 — Alternative fire drills for schools and educational institutions requirement.
  • SF 580 — Nonpublic pupil aid calculation modification and appropriation.
  • SF 177 — School safety assessment teams requirement and appropriation.

3 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 482 — Individualized education program (IEP) requirements to permit reporting of student performance on assessments modification.
  • SF 749 — Education alternative dispute resolution and due process hearings conciliation conference repeal.
  • SF 244 — School conciliation conference requirements for individualized education program team modification.
  • SF 640 — Disabled students individualized education plans transition from secondary to postsecondary services grade 9 planning requirement elimination.
  • SF 717 — Disabled students individualized education plan (IEP) functional behavior assessment authorization.
  • SF 159 — Individualized education program requirements modification.

House Education Policy Committee
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 12 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 116 — School districts authorized to renew expiring referendums by action of school board.
  • HF 163 — School board vacancy technical changes made.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 606 — Student absence from school for religious holidays modified, and employee leave for religious holidays required.
  • HF 314 — School districts allowed to begin school year before Labor Day.
  • HF 531 — School districts authorized to begin the school year before Labor Day in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.

House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 13 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes presentations on full service community schools.

9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 14 State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes the following bill:

  • HF 907 — After-school community learning program funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.

12:30 p.m. Friday, February 22 | Windom Public School District
Agenda includes a discussion on public education funding and the needs of rural school districts.


House Ways and Means Committee — Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
8 a.m. Tuesday, February 12 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 837 — Early childhood screening funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF 825 — Child care businesses in low-income urban areas run by two women pilot program funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF 908 — Child care business training funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.

8 a.m. Thursday, February 14 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
Agenda includes Parent Aware presentation by Deb Swenson-Klatt, Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 7, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 7, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions February 7th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 7th 2019

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 4, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 4, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions February 4th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 4th 2019

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Senate education committee taking look at skilled trades, dyslexia and more

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The Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee is set to discuss a number of education bills during its two scheduled hearings this week. Today, the committee will examine skilled trades-related bills, PSEO, and a requirement for high school students to take a personal finance course. On Wednesday, the committee will explore dyslexia. See this week’s complete education committee schedule listed below.

Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, February 4 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 15 — Military, skilled trades and manufacturing career options access by school districts requirement.
  • SF 295 — P-TECH schools establishment and appropriation.
  • SF 293 — Construction and skilled trades career counseling commissioner of education collaboration requirement; safety of youth in skilled trades report requirement.
  • SF 94 — Postsecondary enrollment options (PSEO) nonpublic 10th grade student enrollment authorization and appropriation.
  • SF 19 — Personal finance course for high school graduation requirement.
  • Career vocational update (LYFT video)

3 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 651 — Dyslexia screening requirement.
  • SF 116 — Dyslexia teacher training requirement for instructional strategies implementation for students with dyslexia.
  • SF 229 — Minnesota reading and math corps programs at American Indian-controlled tribal contract and grant schools appropriation.
  • SF 772 — Dyslexia training for teachers appropriation.
  • SF 733 — School district professional development revenue use for reading instruction improvement authorization; hiring bonuses for teachers working in shortage areas; literacy incentive aid use for staff development authorization.
  • SF 196 — Teacher preparation programs instruction on dyslexia requirement.

House Education Policy Committee
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes special education programming presentations by the Minnesota Department of Education, special education teachers and administrators.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 | State Office Building (Room 200)
Agenda includes presentations from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health


House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 5 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes an informational hearing on school nutrition

9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 6 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes presentations on English learner programs and HF 448 (English learner programs revenue increase).

9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 7 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes an overview of early childhood education programs.


House Ways and Means Committee — Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
8 a.m. Tuesday, February 5 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
Agenda includes presentations from the Minnesota Department of Education on Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), early childhood screening and school readiness.

8 a.m. Thursday, February 7 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
Agenda includes the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) 2018 Evaluation Report on Early Childhood Programs.

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