State accepting applications for new teacher licensing board

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The Minnesota Legislature passed a law during the 2017 session to replace the Minnesota Board of Teaching with the new Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is currently accepting applications for the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

Serving on this important board would be a great opportunity. MSBA encourages school board members to apply before July 10 for the open “public member” board seat.

The complete list of open seats includes:

  • One public member (which may be a school board member)
  • One superintendent
  • One school district human resources director
  • One administrator of a cooperative unit (who oversees a special education program)
  • One principal
  • Six teachers

See https://commissionsandappointments.sos.state.mn.us/Agency/Details/234 for application information.

Direct questions regarding the application process to Lori Rosenthal at 651-582-8739 or lori.rosenthal@state.mn.us.

For general questions about this new licensing board, contact MSBA’s Denise Dittrich (ddittrich@mnmsba.org) or Bill Kautt (bkautt@mnmsba.org).

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School district general education revenue, building bond agricultural credit data available via MDE

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The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has produced two important documents for school districts this month.

See www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/Spreadsheets/SchoolDistrictRuns-2018-2019.xlsx for a listing of general education revenue projections for each school district for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Also, visit www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/Spreadsheets/SchoolBuildingBondAgCredit-2017.xlsx for school building bond agriculture credit estimates for each school district.

These documents can also be accessed at MDE’s Funding Projections and Trends web page at http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/dse/schfin/trend or at the MSBA home page at http://www.mnmsba.org.

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Session Daily: Governor still hopeful negotiations can solve legislative funding fight

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Gov. Mark Dayton speaks to the press June 9 about the repercussions of rescinding the tobacco tax inflator and his hope to meet with legislators to talk about some of the provisions to which he objects in budget bills he signed May 30. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Source: Session Daily

By Jonathan Avise

Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he remains hopeful his dispute with Republican legislative leaders over funding for the House and Senate can be solved at the negotiating table, rather than the courtroom.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said last week they plan to sue the governor in order to restore legislative funding for the 2018-19 biennium that Dayton line-item vetoed from a state government finance bill May 30.

The governor said he has not yet engaged in “substantive legal discussions” regarding a potential legislative lawsuit, nor considered the potential ramifications on future governors and legislatures should such a legal case come forward.

“I’d like to see this resolved through negotiations,” Dayton said during a morning news conference at the Capitol.

Read the remainder of this article at Session Daily.

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Broadband grant application period opens July 3

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Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Office of Broadband Development, will be soliciting proposals from qualified organizations for Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Development Grants.

The grant application period opens on July 3, 2017. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017.

Application process: DEED is required by law to post the specific criteria and any quantitative weighting scheme or scoring system that will be used to evaluate or rank applications and award grants for this competitive grant program.

Visit https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/grant-program to access the 2017 Broadband Grant Application.

Contact information: If you have any questions, you can call 651-259-7610 or email the Broadband office at deed.broadband@state.mn.us or look through the Broadband Grant Program FAQs. The FAQs will be updated throughout the grant application process as new questions come in.

(This notice does not commit the state of Minnesota or DEED to entering into a grant contract with any organization.)

 

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Session Daily: House, Senate head toward lawsuit over Gov. Dayton’s legislative funding veto

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House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka speak with the media after a June 2 meeting of the Legislative Coordinating Commission, which voted 7-2 to retain outside counsel in litigation arising from the governor’s line-item vetoes of funding for the House and Senate. Photo by Paul Battaglia, Session Daily

Source: Session Daily

By Jonathan Avise

See you in court. That was the message Friday from Republican House and Senate leadership in approving a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed May 30 as part of an ongoing standoff.

During a meeting of the Legislative Coordinating Commission, lawmakers OK’d the measure on a 7-2 party-line vote to allow the Legislature to hire an outside attorney in preparation for potential litigation over the defunding.

Earlier this week Dayton signed into law nine budget bills that make up Minnesota’s $46 billion, two-year budget. But he struck $130 million in funding for the Legislature for the fiscal biennium that begins July 1 in an effort to bring lawmakers back to renegotiate a handful of items included in the legislation the governor doesn’t like.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka have called the governor’s move unconstitutional and said Friday that suing to overturn his maneuver is the only way forward.

“I’m not going to sit down with the governor to renegotiate something he has already agreed to,” Daudt said.

Read more of this article at Session Daily.

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Session Daily: Gov. Dayton signs budget bills into law, but showdown with lawmakers continues

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Source: Session Daily

By Jonathan Avise

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday he would sign into law nine budget bills that make up the state’s $46 billion, two-year budget, and would allow a $650 million tax bill to become law without his signature.

But Dayton also line-item vetoed funding for the Minnesota House and Senate, an attempt, he said, to bring leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature back to the table to remove a handful of provisions in the tax bill and education and public safety budget bills that he does not want to become law.

Read the rest of the article at Session Daily.

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

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Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton & and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

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 29, 2017, 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 Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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